Salowski Reports Mixed Start to New Year
Things started on a somber note at the first 101 Precinct Community Coun cil meeting on January 21, as Captain Walter Salowski filled community representatives in on some of the problems that came to Far Rock away with the beginning of 2004.
"We got off to a rough start with a couple of shootings, and unfortunately some young people were killed," said Salowski, as he asked for the help of community members.
"If you have any information please fax it to me, it could be anonymous, at 718 868-3438. The idea is to get the guns off the street and keep these young folks alive."
Salowski told the business people, members of government and community agencies and citizens of the area who attended the meeting their assistance is needed to help the young people of Far Rockaway.
"We really have to start to work together to do something for these young folks," explained Salowski. "To [arrest them] put them in jail for a couple of days is only a temporary answer85. We have to have something more permanent. I think that is something we can work on."
There was good news. Captain Salowski reported the 101st ranked third in crime reduction in New York City in 2003. Also, in the month leading up to the meeting, crime was down in the precinct.
The 101st Precinct Community Council Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the 101st Precinct House at 1612 Mott Avenue.