Talamo Shuffled In PD Transfer
Talamo Shuffled In PD
By Brian Magoolaghan
The by-the-book commanding officer of the 100 Precinct, who many residents considered a summertime killjoy, was relocated to another Queens comand this week in a shuffling of NYPD leadership.
Captain Charles Talamo, top cop in the 100 Precinct for the last two years, will command the 107 Precinct, replacing Deputy Inspector Patrick Heaney. The 107, based on Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, is a much more active command; it is larger than the 100 Precinct in terms of population and geography.
Meanwhile, Deputy Inspector Kenneth Lindahl, who was lauded as the 101 Precinct saw significant reductions in crime under his leadership, was also transferred to a narcotics unit, according to a police source.
The NYPD commonly transfers groups of personnel on the same day, according to the police source.
Captain Paul Piekarski, who has experience in Rockaway, is now in charge of the 100 Precinct. Piekarski filled in as commanding officer when Talamo was sent to Virginia for FBI training one year ago, and also worked in the 101 Precinct as an Executive Officer.
The Wave attempted to contact Piekarski for comment, but he was unavailable.
"He hasn't even moved in yet," a police source said on Tuesday.
At press time it was not clear who had been tapped to replace Lindahl in the eastern section of Rockaway.
Talamo's transfer comes several months after the enforcement of New York City Department of Parks and Recreation beach rules became a major issue within the 100 Precinct. For the past two summers, residents often received tickets for prohibited actiities such as surfing and fishing, when, in past years, police often ignored those transgressions. Many residents, particularly those from Belle Harbor, expressed dissatisfaction with the strict enforcement of beach rules this summer, following a July 4 incident where residents were arrested and ticketed for holding a party on the beach, where alcohol was present. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on the beach.
The beach rules issue came to a head during the second week of July this summer when Democratic District Leader Lew Simon held a rally at Beach 116 Street, which drew about 1,500 residents, and all of the major news media.
Many residents were at odds with the police for weeks, and pressure was put on local leaders and the Parks Department to change some of the rules. Talamo's frequent by-the-book enforcement of rules banning evening swims, bicycles on the boardwalk, and unattended beach blankets were cited as the root of the friction between some residents, and the precinct.
City Councilman Joseph Addabbo, Jr., who represents residents of the 100 Precinct and chairs the council's Park's Committee, was also criticized for not changing the rules. Addabbo said, this week that he is working on changing some of the rules with an "eye on next summer." He said he wants to reword the law concerning abandoned property, which was used at least once to issue a beach blanket ticket, to exclude items left on the sand while beachgoers swim. "The letter of the law is different from the intent of the law," Addabbo said, adding that it is supposed to keep people from dumping their unwanted property on city parkland.
With regard to Talamo's transfer, an upbeat sounding Addabbo would only say that he wished the captain well. He added that he "definitely didn't like the animosity between residents and the precinct."
In a Wave interview this summer Talamo said some residents "vilified" him, because he enforced rules they do not agree with. He also said, at that time, that if he were transferred he would work at his new post as hard as he did in Rockaway.