Notes From Wednesday's CB5 Meeting
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Community Board 5 in Queens handed out awards for perfect attendance in 2011. (In pic from left to right) Gary Giorano, Vincent Arcuri, Jr., Luis Rodriguez, Mike O’Kane and John Maier.
Community Board 5 in Queens handed out awards for perfect attendance in 2011. (In pic from left to right) Gary Giorano, Vincent Arcuri, Jr., Luis Rodriguez, Mike O’Kane and John Maier.
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104th Precinct Annual Activity Report

Deputy Inspector Michael A. Cody reported a 2.6 percent decrease in crime for 2012, reporting 44 less crime than in 2011, and 3 percent less when excluding traffic offenses.

There was one murder reported last year in the district, the horrific shooting of the 26-year-old Onderdonk Avenue bodega owner, Ishak Ghali.

“There are leads in that case, but it is still open and I am not at liberty to discuss,” Cody said. “It is being actively investigated by the 104th detective squad under the leadership of Lieutenant Thompson.”

Cody remains hopeful that the 104th Precinct can continue to lower crime in the coming years.

“I am confident with the staff I have on hand that we will be able to take care of business,” he said.

Crime Stat Review:

• 15 reported rapes; increase of 1 from 2011

• 279 reported robberies; increase of 17 from 2011

• 254 reported felonies; increase of 4 from 2011

• 390 burglaries; down 12 from 2011

• 529 grand larcenies; down 15 from 2011

• 211 stolen vehicles, down 38 from 2011

• 382 transit arrests, increase of 60 from 2011

• 636 narcotics arrests; increase or 136 from 2011

• 200 DWI arrests; 35 percent increase from 2011

Additional issues:

• District Manager Gary Giordano discussed gun control, saying, “We need to do everything we can to reduce violence.”

• Giordano read a statement sent to DDC, restating the board’s stance on hydrofracking, saying, “The last thing we need is more problems to occur with our water supply. Even if we can buy all that water from that location in main, we could potentially be showering in contaminated water.”

• Vice president of Highway, Road and Street Construction Laborers’ Local 1010 Lowell Barton stressed the importance of choosing a responsible bidder when seeking contracting work after problems with a current bid in Maspeth.

• Sanitation plans to increase recycling diversion rate, with the intention to “collect a lot more plastics and they are going to try to get us to compost our food waste,” according to Giordano. Additionally, he asks the community to have collections out before midnight, on the day before collections.

• Yvette Buckner, Smoke-Free Partnership borough manager, joined members of the Chinese American Planning Council to advocate for the elimination of tobacco marketing aimed at youth and a tobacco-free Queens.

• Blood Drive: The Valentines For Veterans Drive will be collecting donations February 12 at St. Alban’s V.A. Hospital and N.Y.S. Veterans Nursing Home.

• State of the Borough Address will be held at Colden Auditorium at Queens College on Tuesday, January 22 at 10 a.m.

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