How to be at Two Meetings on the Same Night

Thursday night both Community Board 10 and Community Board 11 held their monthly full board meetings. Councilman Mark Gjonaj who often attends both community board meetings started the night at the Communication Board 10’s meeting where the main subject of concern was the number of police officers on patrol. 

Councilman Mark Gjonaj at the CB 10 meeting where the main concern was the number of police officers on patrol.

Deputy Inspector Pintos of the 45th precinct said that in the seven major crime statistics crime was down 16% for the past month. He did say that there was an increase of 60% in cars being stolen, with new Honda models driving that figure up. DI Pintos said that eighteen officers were lost since last year due to the very low crime in the precinct, and reassignment to other details. Councilman Mark Gjonaj disagreed with DI Pintos saying that the precinct was down twenty-two officers. There were questions of how the precinct receives officers. DI Pintos said that every three months the NYPD graduates new police officers, and they are deployed to areas as needed. That includes replacing retiring or limited duty officers, 911 calls, arrests, and other data that would show where officers are needed.

Councilman Gjonaj speaking at the CB 11 meeting about the proposed drug treatment center.

A short time later I caught up with Councilman Gjonaj at the Community Board 11 full board meeting a short drive from the neighboring CB 10 meeting. The main problem of Community Board 11 was a sale of a building across from a school at 2500 Williamsbridge Road for a drug treatment center. This is the same Manhattan organization that went before CB 10 for a similar proposal on East Tremont Avenue that the owner of the property decided not to sell. One of  Councilman Gjonaj supporters is the agent for the sale of the property, and Gjonaj said he would talk to the realtor.

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