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De Blasio, Bratton visit Queens Village to talk new precinct

By Bill Parry

Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton came to Queens Village Tuesday to discuss plans for the new 116th Precinct with community leaders and elected officials.

The city committed $70 million in the capital plan for the new precinct that will serve the communities of Laurelton, Rosedale, Brookville and Springfield Gardens that are currently covered by the 105th Precinct with one substation.

“The 105th Precinct is one of the city’s largest — and for decades, residents have wanted a precinct closer to home,” de Blasio said. “Our investment in the new 116th Precinct will address community needs, help reduce response times and bring an additional presence to the fast growing neighborhoods in Southeast Queens.”

The administration will work with community leaders, civil groups, clergy and the NYPD to identify a site for the new precinct.

The location, along with other relevant factors, will determine a timeline for completion of the project.

“It is a new day in Southeast Queens, as nearly 40 years of pleas for a new precinct have finally been answered,” City Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) said. “This $70 million is also a big win for the dedicated officers of the 105th Precinct, who do an outstanding job despite having to cover roadways that span the distance of New York to Boston.”

Reach reporter Bill Parry by e-mail at bparry@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4538.

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