2009-10-01 / Other News

Cops Of The Month Honored At Council Meeting

By Dara Mormile

Left to right: Captain Milt Marmara honors police officers Woods and Mentore. Left to right: Captain Milt Marmara honors police officers Woods and Mentore. Some of Canarsie’s finest were recognized at this month’s 69th Precinct Community Council meeting as Captain Milt Marmara, the precinct commander, took the opportunity to thank the officers for their brave work keeping the community safe.

Police officers Ron Mentore and Matthew Woods were presented with Cop of the Month awards for arresting two individuals allegedly involved in the shooting of a teen in the Bay View houses on August 5.

Lieutenant Robert Henderson, and Police Officers Lufti Dalipi, Bogdan Tabor and Troy Luis were also given award and were honored for making gun arrests during the summer.

“These guys put their lives on the line and they took guns off the street without having to use their own weapons,” the captain said.

In addition to reporting on the overall decrease in crime in Canarsie over the past month, Captain Marmara took the opportunity to address problems that have plagued residents’ blocks in the past three months.

Left to right: Captain Marmara presents awards to Lt. Henderson, police officers Dalipi, Luis and Tabor. Left to right: Captain Marmara presents awards to Lt. Henderson, police officers Dalipi, Luis and Tabor. One of the biggest complaints from homeowners was about double parked cars on their block and vehicles obstructing driveways.

Several homeowners said the same individuals have harassed them and don’t move their cars are frequent visitors to the community.

There was debate over whether a homeowner could have an illegally parked vehicle towed without a ticket being issued first. The captain confirmed that a call to 311 would be necessary to dispatch an officer to ticket the car before it is towed.

Another issue of concern was trailer trucks parked at various residential blocks in the community.

Captain Marmara said drivers of these illegally parked trucks apparently choose to pay a parking ticket rather than monthly garage fees.

But he noted they risk having a “boot” put on the truck, thus making it immovable. The truck owner would then have to pay the fine before the boot is removed.

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