Pols renew push for new police precinct
by Patrick Kearns
Feb 02, 2016 | 5844 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Donovan Richards is continuing an old battle of getting a new police precinct in southeast Queens. In a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio this week, Richards called for the creation of the 116th Precinct.

“On behalf of my constituents, I would like to request that a new NYPD precinct gets added in Southeast Queens for the Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens and the surrounding communities,” Richards wrote. “Constituents in my district deal with some of the longest response times due to the 105th Precinct patrolling the largest area in the entire city.”

To help alleviate some of the stresses that the large patrol area places on the 105th Precinct, a satellite office was added in Rosedale, but it only serves the community until 6 p.m. at night.

“The satellite precinct in Rosedale is not enough to help alleviate the burden on officers who are spread too thin,” Richards said.

In the interim, Richards is calling for some quick fixes.

“In the immediate future, extending the hours of the satellite precinct to 24 hours and adding additional officers would allow residents and business owners to have quicker access to the officers when they are in need,” Richards said.

Councilman Barry Grodenchik, who represents some portions of the 105th Precinct, is also in strong support of adding another precinct.

"If you look at the map of Queens, the amount of time and effort it takes to get from the north end of the district to the south end is just frightening," he said. "And that's assuming there's no traffic on the Cross Island Parkway, which is a big assumption."

Grodenchik said this been an important issue to the residents and elected officials of Eastern Queens for a generation.

"Hopefully now is the time," he said.

Last year, as part of her budget response, Borough President Melinda Katz called for dividing the 105th Precinct. She noted that police vehicles travel more than 1,000 miles per week as a result of the size of the precinct.

“Funding is required to create the 116 Precinct to reduce response times and increase personnel in Southeast Queen,” Katz said.

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