Neighborhood In The Nineties is working to quickly re-institute the street patrol for the 93rd-95th Street Broadway-Riverside corridor.
A guard patrol is set to resume as we move to making things safer and more secure in our neighborhood. Make sure your building and neighbors are on board and ready to contribute their fair share to the guard service. Also in this issue: final 2017 crime statistics for the neighborhood and City proposal to fix the Freedom House shelter
A growing list of buildings, including The Lyric, Princeton House, 230 Riverside, 222 Riverside, 210 Riverside, 711 West End Avenue, The Fremont, 251 West 95th Street and Pomander Walk have expressed interest in supporting the patrol program.
A letter from N90s enlisting the support of our businesses, institutions, co-ops, condos, property owners and tenant groups is being sent soon to raise funds to operate the street patrol, which we hope to re-launch no later than March.
We will outline specifics of the proposed patrol – days, hours and other strategic details – while asking our neighbors and stakeholders for their support.
The letter will ask for contributions from each building, based on a fair formula being developed by the N90s Security Patrol Finance Committee. This formula takes account of such factors as the number of residences and the building’s frontage. Individual neighbors are also encouraged to contribute to the street patrol.
Remember, the more funds raised, the more we can extend the patrol’s hours, and make other security enhancements.
In addition to the security patrol program Neighborhood In The Nineties also works closely with the NYPD, the Community Board, elected officials as well as City homeless shelter officials and their vendors to reduce crime and restore greater street safety in our beautiful neighborhood.
Crime Is UP!
Here are the crime statistics for the 24th Precinct for 2017 (versus 2016):
Murder UP 100%
Rape UP 75%
Robbery UP 8.5%
Felony Assault DOWN 1.5%
Burglary UP 11.4%
Grand Larceny DOWN 7.8%
Grand Larceny Auto UP 41.4%
Petit Larceny (property theft) UP 22.4%**
Misdemeanor Assault DOWN 7.2%
Misdemeanor Sex Crimes UP 2.2%
** The single largest crime category, property theft, saw 250 more crimes in 2017 than 2016. *There were two murders in 2017.
We believe that other trends impacting our community include the understaffing at the 24th Precinct by at least 50%. This is not a criticism of our local police; there are simply not enough of them. Many officers and detectives have been re-assigned for homeland security and other programs.
Citywide police staffing is down 10% from its 2008 peak, while the homeless population, which adds stress to first responder resources, has doubled to about 77,000 in the same period.
That is why many of our neighbors are clamoring for a private security guard patrol, and we ask your support to revive this successful N90s program
Community Policing Returns To Upper West Side
The NYPD rolls out its new “NCO” neighborhood policing program for the 24th Precinct at an official event on Tuesday evening, January 30th.
Unfortunately, while the program divides the precinct into three “sectors,” two dedicated patrol officers to a sector covering 86th Street to 110th Street, Broadway to Riverside Park, it does not provide enough added street presence to address our current situation. Our adjoining sector will run from 86th to 100th Street, Broadway to Central Park West.
We look forward to working more closely with the neighborhood police. It is our hope that NCO is more successful than its 1990s predecessor, CPOP, and perhaps, combined with a private guard patrol, we will experience a safer environment.
Working The Inside To Mitigate Shelter Problems On The Street
N90s has been working with our City Council Member Helen Rosenthal and our Community Board 7 manager, Penny Ryan on the Community Advisory Board (CAB) for the Freedom House shelter, which has been a source of crime and mayhem in the area.
Under pressure from Ms. Rosenthal, the City’s Adult Family Services (AFS) unit (Human Resources Administration, HRA), a new budget has been proposed for Freedom House. Based on current HRA modeling, the CAB has been told that Freedom House is 50% understaffed. The City proposal doubles the shelter’s staffing from 10 to 20 professionals. The new expanded budget lines aim to discourage drug dealing and loitering on the shelter’s block and employment training.
Some of the measures that were instituted in Fall 2017 resulted in loitering simply moving to the next block. In general, N90s welcomes improved street security from the shelter, which only posts its guards at the corner of West End during release hours for PS 75 across 95th Street.
We have pressed the City to address the failure of shelter operator Aguila to offer effective employment training for shelter residents. Since the current version of the Freedom House CAB convened in March 2017, neither the City or the operator has been able to recall the job placement of a single shelter resident.
N90s has proposed, and Aguila has agreed to consider, having a recreation area for shelter residents on site.
At the last CAB meeting, in December, a number of locations off-site were considered, but it was agreed that Aguila should relinquish some of its planned office space. A similar space is provided at the veterans’ facility next door.
The Freedom House rooms are tiny, un-airconditioned and lacking a private bath. AFS shelters (adult families comprise a couple or parent-child) generally provide no recreation space, which means surrounding neighborhoods like ours must bear the resulting street scene.
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