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Mayor formally requests expansion of 78th Precinct; meeting on public safety set for August 22

I wrote last week about the expansion of the 78th Precinct to encompass all of the Atlantic Yards project as well as the malls north of it. Yesterday, Mayor Mike Bloomberg formally requested (below) the City Council to approve new boundaries, with a new Sector K.

The Council must agree, though no dissent has surfaced.

Public meeting

Also, given concerns about policing the arena and environs, there will be a meeting at the precinct on August 22.

An announcement from Council Member Letitia James's office:
ATTENTION: Barclays Area Community Safety Meeting; 8/22
With the upcoming opening of Barclay Arena, and various Community Safety Concerns:
Please Join Council Member Letitia James and Captain Michael Ameri (of Brooklyn's 78th Precinct) to discuss and answer questions regarding the safety and quality of life concerns in residential communities after the September arena opening.
• NYPD’s 78th Precinct will be responsible for policing the arena as well as enforcement of traffic and parking rules, protection of pedestrian safety and regulation of public behavior within a one-half mile radius around the arena block.
When: August 22nd, 2012
Time: 6:00PM
Where: 78th Precinct, 65 6th Avenue Corner of Bergen Street (4th Floor Court Room)
Expansion of 78th Precinct, Bloomberg Letter