Ex-Cop Turns ‘Drug Hole’ Into Senior Haven
Michael Valentino, who recently retired from the 101 Precinct where he was a Community Affairs officer, purchased the “Steeplechase Court” bungalows on Beach 100 Street with business partner Manny Grand. Valentino said the bungalows were once a “drug hole,” rampant with illegal activity. They were recently renovated and will soon house seniors in need through the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA). “This is my new career,” said Valentino, who has a growing real estate portfolio. He said he was proud to be a part of Rockaway’s revival while helping seniors. Shown here: Valentino, third from left, Grand, sixth from left, and Detective Willy Olmeda, second from right top, stand with JASA representatives in front of one of the bungalows.