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Members of the 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol met the 104th Precinct’s new executive officer during the volunteer group’s meeting last Thursday, Apr. 10, at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall in Glendale.
Capt. Timothy Brown previously served at the 109th Precinct based in Flushing. He showed his sincere gratitude for the work of the civilian patrol and stressed the necessity of an open conversation between the patrol and the precinct.
The 104th Precinct’s top cop, Capt. Christopher Manson, also spoke briefly on the Knockdown Center at 52-19 Flushing Ave. in Maspeth. He expressed hope that the center’s owners would become more a part of the community.
As of late, the center has become a growing concern of Community Board 5 as the arts venue applied for a liquor license and plans to host large events that may come with security complications.
Rapper and activist MIA is scheduled to play at the center May 8 and 9. Extra security measures will be in force for the concert and 104COP members will be giving a helping hand, it was noted.
An attendee expressed concerns about criminal activity in the area. Brown assured him they would investigate the situation.
The recently passed state budget of $138 billion did not include a tax credit for new discretionary spending according to State Sen. Joseph Addabbo. He is working closely with the Governor’s office on a bill that would allow organizations such as 104COP to go directly to state agencies for state funding.
Addabbo continues to look for localized funding as well and emphasized its importance as well as the need for organizations such as 104COP.
Frank Kotnik, 104COP president, announced that the Department of Transportation has designated the Ridgewood and Glendale corridor to be a special seniors traffic area. The area in particular is between Forest and Myrtle avenues, Myrtle Avenue and George Street and 65th Street and Central Avenue.
To aid the growing senior population, MetroCards will be for sale at the Stop and Shop supermarket at Myrtle Avenue and Cypress Hills Street on Wednesday, Apr. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m.
It was also announced that the Glendale Community Garden on 88th Street near 74th Avenue will host on Saturday, Apr. 26, a free electronic VIN etching and bike etching where residents can get thir electronics registered with the 104th Precinct.
The next 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 8, at 8 p.m. at St. Pancras Pfeifer Hall, located at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and 68th Street in Glendale. For more information, call 1-718-497-1500 or visit www.104cop.org.