(MSCC) Eileen Miller, Frank Kelly, February 16, 2017 — Midtown South Community Council January 19, 2017 Monthly Meeting Minutes
John Mudd opened the meeting by asking if all are receiving the council’s electronic
newsletter. The council is working on an app that would give all agencies working with the homeless access to individuals’ information once they are interviewed. John said that homelessness is a solvable issue once smart people join forces.
John said that the council’s annual report is to be released in February. He acknowledged Joseph Winter and Daniel Mintz, innercityfarmer.com, 205 West 39th St, NYC. The idea is to green the rooftop of the MTS precinct headquarters to produce food and jobs in the precinct.
John introduced Eugene Sinigalliano, Beautification Director, who is preparing for the fixed installation of magazine and newspaper boxes to replace the plastic ones that are being used by the homeless as furniture. The council will sponsor a design contest for the boxes. DOT has final say in the replacement of boxes.
Inspector Green opened his remarks by asking for a moment of silence in honor of
Det. Steven McDonald, the paralyzed NYPD officer whose funeral service was held on January 13th at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
Inspector Green outlined crime statistics in the precinct: burglaries and grand larceny account for 85% of crimes in the precinct. He said to always be aware of your surroundings as NYC is a tourist destination. If you are a victim of theft cancel you credit cards as soon as possible.
Inspector Green described the incident on 1/16/17 where a pedestrian was a victim of hit-and-run on 35th St and 7th Ave. One of the biggest problems is the blind spot for cars turning left.
Inspector Green related his experience in participating in tabletop counterterrorism exercises in which he and other precinct commanders, Amtrak Police, National Guard and State Police participated. Goal: site security.
Inspector Green outlined the precinct’s homeless outreach efforts by establishing a unit
consisting of one sergeant and two police officers which they work with about 12 homeless outreach organizations. John Mudd reinforced the importance of documenting and reporting homeless issues.
John Mudd introduced the evening’s guest speaker, Marc Greenberg, Executive
Director of the Interfaith Assembly on Homelessness and Housing (1047 Amsterdam
Ave, NY,NY 10025, 212 316 3171, www.iahh.org). One of his organization’s initiatives is to insure that 30,000 NY households facing eviction each year in housing court are provided with legal counsel. He said that 90% of landlords appearing in housing court
are represented by counsel, to just 10% of tenants. His organization is seeking an increase in the shelter allowance which currently is $215 every two weeks. Mr. Greenberg noted that the launch of construction on the 35,000 housing units the state and city have pledged to build over 15 years is awaiting the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Gov. Cuomo and the the leaders of the state legislature.
MEETING OPENS FOR QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
Residents of West 31st St thanked the precinct for being so responsive to their
complaints about the illegal bus stop near their building. Some issues still need to be
Lt. Marines said that one way to solve the situation might be to increase the amount of fines for repeated violations.
MTSCC President John Mudd, Vice President Bill Otterson, Director of Community Relations Sharon Jasprizza, Beautification Director Eugene Sinigalliano,
Secretary Eileen Miller, Assistant Secretary Frank Kelly
Officials in attendance:
Inspector Russell Green, commanding officer, MTS;
Lt. Louis Marines, Special Operations; Det. Paul Spano, MTS Community Affairs,
P.O. Edward McDonald, MTS Crime Prevention,
P.O. Joseph McCadden, Community Affairs; Sgt. Erin Rabbitt, Traffic Safety;
P.O. John Hannigan, Field Intelligence Officer; P.O. Martin Reyes, Auxiliary Coordinator; P.O. Richard Fabio, NYPD Transit District 1
Alfredo Marty, Blarney Stone, 410 8th Ave
Craig Primus, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave.
Noelle Mooney, Stout, 133 W33rd St
Jermaine Moorehead, 1560 Broadway, Times Square Alliance
Representative of West Garden Spa, 243 W30th St
David Rios, Rick’s Cabaret and Vivid, 50 W33rd St
Gerard McNamee, representing American Beauty Beer Bar & Concert Venue, 251 W30th St.
Representatives of McGettigan’s, 70 W36th St
Twitter account handles: @NYPDMTS, Transit Division @NYPDTRANSIT
The next MTS Community Council meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16 , 2017, 7:00 p.m., at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel on 8th Avenue between 34th and 35th streets.