2003-12-03 / Other News

Cops Say They’re Watching Youths "Hanging Out" On Street Corners

By Raymond E. Dowd
Cops Say They’re Watching Youths "Hanging Out" On Street Corners

Cops Say They’re Watching Youths "Hanging Out" On Street Corners

Captain Brian White speaks to audience about credit card fraud at recent 69th Precinct Community Council meeting. 		    Ray DowdCaptain Brian White speaks to audience about credit card fraud at recent 69th Precinct Community Council meeting. Ray Dowd

By Raymond E. Dowd

The recent meeting of the 69th Precinct Community Council, became a discussion of the growing problem of young people congregating on area street corners. The meeting, held at the Hebrew Educational Society, was highlighted by a question and answer session between elected officials, Executive Officer Captain Brian White and council members concerning this problem.

New York State Senator John Sampson, City Councilman Lew Fidler and Captain White all agreed the situation with youths "hanging out" on street corners along Avenue L in the East 80’s is a problem. "We have to be responsible to take back our streets," said Sampson. "We cannot be afraid of the kids on the street."

Captain White assured those assembled that his officers were doing everything possible to alleviate the problem. Patrol officers are observing those youths in question and will take whatever action is necessary to have them move on, he said. Area residents said they worry that those involved are dealing drugs and being a nuisance to area residents and shoppers. White promised to increase already heightened patrols of the area.

In addressing other local situations, Captain White reminded everyone to be on guard for credit fraud, especially during the upcoming holiday season, warning, "Don’t give your account numbers and surely not your PIN numbers, to anyone." He added: "Watch where you shop," as those who want your information will use any means to get it.

Ira Elias gave an explanation of the Star (School Tax Relief) property tax reduction program urging area residents to look into this tax credit that will not be just given to homeowners without asking, "You need to apply for it in most cases," he said.

Gary Popkin of the School Choice Party was also a guest speaker, explaining the merits of his new political party and inviting everyone to join and consider running for public office.

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for January 27, 2004, also at the Hebrew Educational Society. For further information, call the precinct’s Community Affairs office at (718) 257-6205.

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