Maloney Updates On 101 Precinct Post-Sandy
As the recovery from the super-storm that hit the northeast contin-ues, Captain Kevin Maloney – the commanding officer of the 101 Pre-cinct – updated residents at Novem-ber’s Precinct Community Council meeting about what is being done in the area post Superstorm Sandy.
“The stuff we’ve been through as a community in the last month is stuff that no one in the Rockaways, no one in the New York area, has experienced in our lifetime,” said Maloney on November 21. He added, “We knew it was going to be bad. I don’t think anybody was prepared for how bad it was going to be.”
He pointed to PS 43 on Beach 29 Street as an example of the might of Sandy. The school is located near the ocean and boardwalk. Maloney said it took only nine minutes from the beginning of the storm surge for the water outside the school to reach more than four feet.
“Cars were floating down Beach 29 Street like they were matchbox cars,” said the Captain.
Since the storm, 200 extra police officers have been assigned to the 101 Precinct and they are being deployed in every sector of the precinct. In addition, 65 traffic en-forcement agents were transferred out of Manhattan to the precinct.
With traffic light operation return-ing to normal in many areas of the command this week, Maloney said he will soon begin to “pull back a bit” on the use of the traffic agents. He will, however, hold on to the extra officers for as long as he can. That should be no problem since he said that he believes that the city wants them to remain until they are no longer needed.
“[They’re here] for the foreseeable future,” said Maloney.
Unfortunately, every so often, the increase in officers cause traffic jams as cars and buses are rerouted down busy thoroughfares such as Mott and Cornaga Avenues.
The Wave interviewed Maloney on November 13, a week prior to the council meeting. During that exclu-sive meeting, the captain assured that changes [in traffic flow] occur only “when conditions get congested [near the precinct house].”
The captain added that there had been 33 burglaries in the confines of the precinct as a result of Sandy.
“We had people breaking into other people’s apartments because they knew they had vacated the premises …[and initially people] broke into stores and helped themselves to items out of the stores.”
By the time of the November 21 meeting, however, the command had counted approximately eight store break-ins, and reported that six arrests had been made. The others are still under investigation.
At that council meeting Maloney also announced that the city’s Office of Emergency Management had begun a new program to clear the streets of disabled automobiles that were blocking roads and hindering cleanup.
These “washed out” cars, as the captain described them, are being towed by a city authorized contractor to one of two lots on the peninsula. In the 101 Precinct the lot is located at Beach 49 Street and Beach Channel Drive. In the 100 Precinct the lot is located on Beach 77 Street. Because of this there have been many locals calling the NYPD to report a stolen car. Anyone who believes their car was stolen should call their local pre-cinct so that officers can check if the vehicle is on the official tow list. If it is not, a stolen car investigation will begin.
With light being completely out in Rockaway for 10 full days, 97 light towers were set up in the 101 Pre-cinct. Maloney said they were put at major intersections and main thor-oughfares where people are known to gather.
“We tried to light [the areas] up as best we can at night,” said Maloney.
At the mid-November interview Maloney also said that two Skywatch towers have been set up – one on Beach 27 Street and the other on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 51 Street.
Despite any problems that Sandy brought with it, Maloney did say that, “The majority of people rallied around each other as a community, as it should be, and we’re getting through this together.”