2001-11-03 / Front Page

Dayton Beach Park # 1: Call NYPD, Pay The Price

By Howard Schwach

Dayton Beach Park # 1:
Call NYPD, Pay The Price
By Howard Schwach

Hazel McLean needed the cops for a problem she was having at her apartment at 8400 Shore Front Parkway, part of the sprawling Dayton Beach Park # 1 Corporation complex.

Little did McLean know that when she called 911 for assistance, it would wind up costing her a $50 "NYPD Arrival" fee that would be automatically added to her monthly cooperative carrying charges.

"Notice of Violation," a memo to McLean from the corporation reads. "It has come to our attention that you have violated an important rule established by our Rules and Regulation Committee, namely: NYPD Arrival."

The memo then provides the date of the violation and the administrative fee to be charged (in this case, $50).

"It is our purpose to see that life for all S/H’s at Dayton Beach Park is made as comfortable, secure and content as possible. Therefore, we welcome your cooperation in all matters related to our Rules and Regulations."

"I met with the manager, Bruce Braithwaite, about the charge," McLean told The Wave. "He told me that, by calling the NYPD to come to my apartment, I had infringed on the other tenant’s quality of life."

"He told me that I should have called the co-op’s own security people rather than the NYPD."

Then, she says, he added "The only time you can call 911 without getting fined is for a medical emergency."

A call to Braithwaite by The Wave revealed that the rule did, in fact, exist.

"We have a rule that fines shareholders for incidents requiring police intervention," he explained. "That usually means that a person gets fined if somebody has to call the police to quiet down a noisy party, or something like that."

"We never issue a violation if somebody calls the police themselves," he added.

We then read him the memos that McLean received.

"I don’t know anything about them," he answered.

"The Wave offered him time to review his records to find out why the memos were sent.

He refused.

"You’re doing this story, you do your own research," he angrily told us.

"We typically do our own security and we send those fees based on our security incident reports," he added, again refusing to check those reports.

"One of the real problems with the charge," McLean says, "is that people don’t want to call the police even when they need help because they don’t want to have to pay the extra charge."

"Somebody is really going to get hurt one day because they don’t call the police," she added.

Braithwaite promised on Monday afternoon to fax a copy of the rule to The Wave office. By late Wednesday afternoon, it had not been received.

"The security here is really a joke," McLean added. "They are low-paid, poorly trained people, who often talk about the problems of one tenant with other tenants. I would not call them for a problem that needed police response."

Police officials at the 100 Precinct have reportedly advised Braithwaite to stop fining people who call police. The discussion that the manager had with The Wave, however, seemed to indicate that the rule would continue to be enforced.

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