101 Precinct Announces New Domestic Violence Liaison
By Miriam Rosenberg
The 101 Precinct in Far Rockaway is number two out of 76 precincts in crime reduction in New York City. Exe cutive Officer Alex Laera made that announcement at the precinct’s community council meeting on March 17.
As the precinct continues the trend of reduced crime, the 101 Precinct takes nothing for granted. Laera said the precinct keeps its eye on quality of life issues, such as loitering and drinking in the streets.
"We continue to enforce these issues to keep the bigger crime stats down," explained Laera.
With summer just around the corner, Youth Officer Dennis Lewis an nounced the beginning of registration for the Fresh Air Fund Camp.
Young people have a choice of attending a camp upstate for two weeks or staying with a host family in such places as Canada, Pennsylvania or Vir ginia.
"For the camp itself in upstate New York, there’s four sessions they can pick from," said Lewis. "Each session is for two weeks.
"For the young people to go away to stay with a host family, there are two sessions. There’s a session in July and then a session in August."
A child must be at least nine years old to go to the camp upstate. To live with a host family children must be at least six years of age.
"There’s also job opportunities afforded to the young people and scholarships if they attend the Fresh Air Fund program for a period of years," Lewis said.
Lewis told community members the precinct has at least 300 young people annually taking part in the program.
"It’s a high retention rate for the young people who come back," continued Lewis. "They get a chance to get out of Far Rockaway for a few weeks."
Lewis will register young people every Tuesday, until May 25, at M.S. 53 (1045 Nameoke Street) from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. He can be reached at 718 868-3424.
During the meeting, Britton Lacy was introduced as the precinct’s new domestic violence case manager for the housing developments. She is with the social service agency Safe Horizon.
"They have a domestic violence intervention and prevention program where they place case manages in police precincts and police service areas," said Lacy.
Lacy’s job is to go through police reports, do follow-up calls and advocacy when necessary. She also helps find emergency housing transfers. If someone in the housing developments needs help, Lacy can be reached by calling 718 868-8351 or through the domestic violence division at the 101 precinct (718 868-3444).
In addition, community affairs officer Det ective Willie Olm eda announc ed that Glenda Nesmith (pre s ident of the 101 pre cinct community coun cil) was to receive the City Council’s Pacesetter Award for the 31st city council district for her work in the community. The award would be presented at a ceremony at City Hall on March 25.
Valerie West, of Rock away Develop ment and Revitaliz ation Corpor ation (RDRC), said that Olmeda and Officer Michael Valentino (both from community affairs at the 101) would be the recipients of the Joseph W. Stehn Community Service Award at Rock away Development and Revitaliz ation Corp. dinner in May.
The next 101 Community Council Precinct meeting is April 21 at the precinct house at 16-12 Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway at 4 p.m.