D.I. Piekarski Goes To Richmond Hill Pct.
Piekarski’s transfer, although almost implied by his recent promotion, was still surprising to the community members because of the timing.
“I was hoping that he would stay the summer,” said Barbara Larkin, a member of the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association who is active on the community meetings scene. Larkin found Piekarski’s transfer – which comes during a beach season already marked by tragedy and with Fourth of July celebrations fast approaching – a disappointment.
Wave readers will recall that Piekarski was directly involved in some of the precinct’s biggest recent arrests, and called the shots at dramatic beach rescues. In fact, his approach to beach enforcement – considered by many to be more successful than that of his predecessor – is what Piekarski could be best remembered for.City Councilman Joseph Addabbo Jr., who described the news as “bitter sweet,” expressed his mixed feeling to The Wave.
“It would have been nice to have him in Rockaway until September,” Addabbo told us. “He was very understanding of the Rockaway lifestyle.”
Addabbo, meanwhile, has already had the opportunity Monday to meet with the command’s new commander, Captain Charles Neacy.
Neacy, who is described by a precinct source as “a highly decorated member of the department,” was most recently the commander of the Cold Case and Apprehension Squad, and has spent most of his NYPD career in Brooklyn. This is his first assignment in the Rockaway community, but he already seemed at ease while introducing himself to key community members at the official opening of a park on the beach Thursday.
Wave readers can look forward to meeting Neacy soon, too; he has already agreed to speak with the paper. Meanwhile, the speculation about his style should sound promising to locals who were fans of Piekarski. “I understand that [Neacy] is very much like Deputy Inspector Piekarski,” Larkin said. Piekarski could be reached comment.