2005-05-13 / Community

101 Executive Officer: Streets Are Safer

By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

By Miriam Rosenberg
Contributing Editor

Captain Woody Selover, executive officer of the 101 precinct assures residents at the meeting that the precinct is addressing “everything from murder shootings down to graffiti” as Officer David Miller looks on.Captain Woody Selover, executive officer of the 101 precinct assures residents at the meeting that the precinct is addressing “everything from murder shootings down to graffiti” as Officer David Miller looks on.

  • Captain Woody Selover, executive officer of the 101 precinct, reported to the community at the April precinct community meeting that while the 101 has seen a rise in crime in some categories, the streets of Far Rockaway are getting safer. While the precinct has had a steady drop in crime over the last few years, robberies and burglaries are up from this time last year.
  • Sgt. John McGrorty thanks community members for their prayers and support after a gun accidentally went off and shot him in the leg in March.Sgt. John McGrorty thanks community members for their prayers and support after a gun accidentally went off and shot him in the leg in March. “Whether it is down or up, we continue to fight,” Selover said. “We are out there enforcing everything from murder shootings down to graffiti.”

    On the same day as the meeting two burglary suspects were apprehended in the 101 – including one man who is alleged to have robbed local banks in the Far Rockaway area at least three times.

    “Rockaway is getting safer and safer,” Selover told those at the meeting. He also put drivers on notice.

    “We are enforcing speeding regulations all over the precinct,” continued Selover, who urged people to make sure they, and those who ride with them, wear seatbelts to avoid injuries.

    In other news, Selover said that the precinct is getting tougher on those who use cell phones while they drive. Summonses written for such cell phone use has risen by 50 percent this year. Selover said that cell phone use while driving is one of the 19 most hazardous behaviors which causes accidents.

    During the meeting, the Precinct Council welcomed back to active duty Sgt. John McGrorty, who was injured with a leg wound when a gun he had confiscated accidentally went off.

    Also at the same meeting Fred Simmons, representing State Senator Malcolm Smith, promised to use the power of the Smith’s office to help the community contact the Department of Transportation to see what the agency can do about the dangerous strip of Rockaway Freeway from Beach 25th to Beach 36th Street that currently has no light.

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