Wednesday, January 29, 2014

So, what exactly has the NYPD traffic division done around the arena? The trail remains murky

As reported 10/30/13, NYPD Traffic Enforcement District Manager Donald Powe told the 78th Precinct Community Council meeting that the division would "devote a few patrol cars" to the streets around the Barclays Center where illegal idling and parking problems had been recorded. It was a rather belated response to complaints.

For how long? "It'll be ongoing," he replied.

At the 12/4/13 meeting of the Atlantic Yards Quality of Life Committee, North Slope resident Steve Ettlinger noted the numerous apparent violations cited on Atlantic Yards Watch and asked about Powe.

“We invited him,” said 78th Precinct Deputy Inspector Michael Ameri.

Ettlinger, who along with others said he'd been unable to find contact information for Powe, said he believed there were several tactics--including foot patrols and different hours--that would help with enforcement.

“They are civilian members” of the department, Ameri said. “I'll reach out to a supervisor.”

Following up

I later followed up with Ameri.

He had Community Affairs Officer Jerry Galante get back to me. Galante said he had some monthly statistics from the traffic division.

I said I sought specifics about the impact of the announced devotion of new resources. Galante said he'd check. I was later told I'd have to file a Freedom of Information Law request.

I was also told someone from that division--though not Powe--was supposed to come to the monthly meeting of the 78th Precinct Community Council, last night.

That didn't happen, as the responsible person didn't make it.

I asked last night about any follow-up of the impact of additional patrols. Ameri--who was otherwise basking in much praise for his work maintaining a bike lane and ticketing drivers who don't yield to pedestrians--said he'd check.

I'm not blaming the 78th--they don't control a unit of the Transportation Bureau, nor do they control the dissemination of NYPD statistics. But I don't think that NYPD as a whole has been particularly forthcoming.

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