2003-08-15 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

National Night Out Against Crime Celebrates Safer City
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader
Chatting With Chapey

Dr. Geraldine ChapeyDr. Geraldine Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey, Democratic District Leader

National Night Out Against Crime Celebrates Safer City

On Tuesday, August 5, we celebrated the 20th annual National Night Out Against Crime.  Locally we had rallies in the 100, 101, 102 and 106 Precincts. People from all walks of life came out.

Rallies were held at 75 locations around New York City. Each community has its own unique style. Children had fingerprints and photo identifications taken by members of the New York City Police Department. This was available for children ages 13 years old and younger. These techniques have proven to be an effective way of identifying children in case of an emergency. It is a valuable resource.  Some children chose to participate in fun activities by having their faces painted and rock climbing.

Many of our local civic and political leaders were on hand including Congressman Anthony Weiner, Senator Malcolm Smith, Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Councilman Joseph Addabbo. District Attorney Richard Brown was there. As a chief member of the law enforcement team in Queens he is doing a very effective job in preventing and curtailing crime.  Comptroller William Thompson was represented by Peter Larkin. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was represented by Joann Ariola. Members of the various police precincts were available.

The Irish dance troupe did a beautiful job.  They performed several numbers. The music was very lively and the children showed their talent. It takes hours of practice and perseverance to be able to perform well in public. Kudos to the youngsters who did an excellent job.

The Stars Spangled Banner was sung magnificently by Mary McCabe Wagner. What a fabulous talent she has. The Stars Spangled Banner is difficult to sing because of the range that is required.  Mary McCabe Wagner is a talented and professionally trained singer. Her performance added tremendously to the celebration.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was quoted at one of the celebrations as stating that we have not been able to make New York the safest big city in the nation but crime rates have continued to drop in New York City even though they are rising in other big cities. Nationally according to the latest statistics New York City ranks 203 out of 224 cities in terms of safety.

All of the celebrations included some form of refreshment.  People of all ages had an opportunity to partake in the food and drink. 

At the 100 Precinct the evening ended with a beautiful display of fire works. Everyone was in awe at the magnificence of the sights. I think that this year’s fire works were the best.

Safety is a paramount issue to everyone who lives and/or works in New York City. It is important that violent crime as well as quality of life issues be addressed.

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