The burnt, naked body found on a Brooklyn beach Sunday has been identified as a missing 14-year-old girl.
Halloween 2012 approaches and you maybe remember (Recently Transferred) Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas, had promised a sustained response over the years to ensure Halloween 2010 would never happen again. Halloween 2011 saw a major response and a quiet calm halloween.
That statement was the past, we now have a new Commanding Officer of the 61 Precinct; Captain John M. Chell. As of right now, there is no public statement or commitment of resources for our area. In comparison to last year, DI Mastrokostas reached out early to residents for ideas. Hopefully we will hear something soon.
Locally, there has not yet been any statement. However, the GBPOA (Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association) will meet the first Wednesday of October.
The 61 will more than likely keep the same response level. If they keep the same level of response we should expect:
If you woke up over the weekend to find an annoying foreign language flyer under your windshield your not alone. Caucasus Garden (2715 Avenue U, NY 11229) thought it would be a good idea to hit ALL Gerritsen Beach residents cars over the weekend.
Placing any advertising on a vehicle is not new the law has been on the books since 2003, and says the placement of handbills and other advertisements on the windshield, under windshield wipers, on rear windows, side mirrors, antennas, door handles and other parts of the vehicle body are prohibited.
Fines start at $75 for each handbill, poster, sticker, or other form of advertisement. Therefore, when ten flyers are found on vehicles in a one-block stretch, the distributor can be fined $750. Repeat offenders may subsequently be fined up to $150 for each flyer. Any person or group whose name, telephone numbers, or other identifying information appearing on the handbill will be responsible for the violation and fine. The Environmental Control Board issues all summonses issued in New York City.
When asked, the store said they were allowed to distribute their flyers that way, they really had no idea what was going on. Ignorance of a law or a mistake of law is not a valid defense or excuse.
Update: because people asked for it. I didn’t have to look very far.
A woman, was struck by a jet ski at the point Sunday around 5:30 pm leaving a gash on her back. The Jet ski fled the scene.
UPDATE: No new news on the injury or the jet ski. but EVERYONE at the point is from out of the area and do not respect the waterway.
The other night some boats were broken into off of Devon Avenue. Fishing supplies and other things were also stolen. That area needs to be monitored more closely because in addition, the area is covered in graffiti and some of it is offensive.
It would be nice if the neighbors and police could monitor and patrol this area. We cannot tolerate boat break ins and graffiti covered areas such as this.
This video was taken on April 9 2012 @ 4:08 AM on Melba Court this guy walks down the block checking car doors untill he finds one that is unlocked.
In this case items in the car were stolen.
Resurrection Sports is asking for our help from our neighborhood, to help stop the constant tearing up of OUR fields.
Compared to previous years, this year it seems there has been no enforcement from the 61 precinct, 63 precinct or parks police. Every day there are dirt bikes tearing through the streets. Every weekend there are dozens tearing up the soccer fields making them unusable.
Brian Daly, 32, electric wheelchair was stolen last night in front of St James church. Brian has cerebral palsy and cannot get around without it.
Brian is pleading for whomever stole his wheelchair last night to return it promptly. The motorized wheelchair, which cost $10,000, was stolen outside of St. James Church on Gerritsen Avenue while Daly was attending a function inside.
The chair was uninsured and Daly is unsure how he’ll be able to afford a new one.
Anyone who knows where it is please call the police.
This will be all over the evening news tonight.
When asked Brian said:
This is a joke Brian did not say this.
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Halloween is here and after some preparation, police and local plans are being rolled into action. Even the MTA has an emergency action plan for the B31. Although the MTA says suspensions “will be likely” I hope we can prove them wrong. The property owners association from their announcement, has organized a good amount of people for their roving patrols, and the 61 and 63 precincts will have a presence in the area.
Although I have no official knowledge of how the 61st, 63 and Parks will deal with Halloween in Gerrtisen Beach, I’m going to guess there will be a presence of marked and unmarked cars, and plain clothes officers. The 61 commanding officer will be in the area as well. If you are a parent, I would make sure you keep an eye on them because summonses and arrests sound likely.
Remember all NYC Parks close at dusk and anyone committing a crime will be arrested (no matter how old).
Update: 1:00pm (It’s about time we retook the streets)
It’s about time!
From the reports of last years Halloween, it looks like we might need to buy, umbrellas, or riot gear! I vote for neither. How about you?
The Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association is requesting volunteers to walk around Halloween afternoon and night. They are counting on supportive members like you to help us all have a safe Halloween. Can you help?
Your time and effort will not only help us keep the neighborhood safe but also help us build a better image of our community!
The association is also requesting that everyone remain vigilant and calm. No one should take matters into their own hands and anyone walking around trick or treating to be follow Halloween safety and to call 911 if they see any mischief.
If you are interested, have questions, concerns, or just want more details call George at 917-538-4415
At last night’s 61 precinct community council meeting the 61 Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas flat out asked for our assistance to prevent another dangerous Halloween in Gerritsen Beach.
As explained at the meeting, the 61 precinct does not want Halloween to go down like it did last year. Councilman Lew Fidler and Property Owners President George Broadhead echoed that call and asked the Deputy Inspector to start forming a plan together. The Deputy Inspector did explain that the precinct has a finite amount of resources and that if the 61 was to deploy 6 cops to our area it would be a big deal. Although he has no problem doing that it would be taking away a decent amount of police resources and deploying them to our relativity low crime area, and secondly how effectively can those cops police the area without assistance from parents or a plan for the weeds?
Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas is asking for ideas: any idea. One idea is that some parents step up and police the area with the officers naming names and knocking on doors. The Deputy Inspector also going to request Sky Watch but the equipment could be in use else where in the city. He may also request a photo/video team to capture pictures and video on the police end they may be actionable.
There are meetings scheduled, plans are in the works, I wont go into much detail but they will be making arrests this year if it comes down to it.
What are your ideas?
We haven’t done a Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association roundup in a while because there hasn’t been anything to talk about. So here are the cliff notes.
Kiddie Beach is wrapping up the season, congrats to all.
Racoons - are overwhelming some areas of the beach. Especially the areas with an abandoned lot or home. The city does not acknowledge a raccoon problem nor do they have any actionable plan or advice. The responsibility is on the home owner. However, if you see “rats” in an empty lot or abandoned home the city will come in clean it up a bit and bill it to the property. Call 311.
Hurricane Irene - Rumor is they shut down the Knapp sewer plant which could be to blame for the sewer backups into homes. People were opening sewer caps, sewer manholes to try and get rid of water with no success.
17 Lacon Court (aka Jemal) – The DOB has already issued $13,300 in violations with three more about to go into default judgment. They are on top of the situation but they do not know who the owner is, as their violations notices are being returned. There is A LOT of stuff going on there, expect an update soon.
Dangerous & Damaged Utility Poles – No one is having luck getting action dangerous or damaged utility poles as each company Verizon, ConEd, and NYC passes the blame to each other. Some have reported it reported it to 311, others the 61 precinct, and one has gone to every city office ten times to demand action.
FEMA – Report your damage to FEMA!
Little League Walkway, Scoreboard, Containers - GBCares sent out a letter on behalf of the Gerritsen Beach Little League asking for $500 monetary donations from organizations to repair the cement walkway, paint the scoreboard, paint the containers, and plant flowers around the flag pole in time for the 9/11 ceremony. Everything is done except the cementing, which is awaiting an architect plans to be filed with nyc parks. GBPOA plans on donating the full amount.
Flag Vandalism - Most of the flags at the Little League were vandalized breaking the poles and brackets those will be replaced.
Seba Traffic Light - No one knows when it is switching on. Seba will be a flashing red (aka a stop light), while Gerritsen will remain green.
9/11 Ceremonies - Marine Park at 5:00pm, Gerritsen Beach Little Leauge 7:00 pm
Halloween - Halloween is coming (again) some members of the GBPOA will be walking the streets. A few plan on attending the 61 & 63 council meetings to demand an actual response.
Dan’s 5k Fun Run – Saturday, September 17th.
G.G.R.M.M.B.B.R. (above) - Great Gerritsen Round Mau Mau Barrell of Beer Race. It’s that time of the year again for the races which is this Saturday.
The altercation was a half-mile from the beach, the police said.