NASSAU COUNTY POLICE RESPONSE TO LOCAL OFFICIALS' CONCERNS YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS
July 17, 2016 -- Interim acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter was on hand at the July 11 Sea Cliff Village Board meeting to discuss the actions the Department has taken the past couple of months to address “quality of life” issues and criminal activity within Sea Cliff. Responding to concerns that Mayor Bruce Kennedy and Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton had brought to him this past spring regarding traffic law violations and the sale of illicit drugs, Commissioner Krumpter deployed special units to the Village to investigate those concerns and to support the work of the third precinct's Problem Oriented Policing (POP) unit.
“I want residents of this village to be able to walk down any street, any boardwalk and feel safe and feel comfortable and know that it’s their community,” said the Mayor on July 11, explaining his reasons for reaching out to the Commissioner. “I don’t want to have anyone do anything that would intimidate or inhibit people from enjoying all that is so wonderful in this village.”
During the period June 9 to July 11, 19 arrests were made in the Village and 24 appearance summons issued for violations such as littering and drinking in public as well as for more serious criminal activity - in particular the sale of narcotics and marijuana.
Mayor Kennedy told Northwordnews a few days after the meeting that much of the illegal activity had been taking place down on the Boulevard and at the water tower, where he said often individuals from outside the community parked to make their sales.
“I was very concerned, but thankfully we’re in a much better place now [as a result of actions taken by NCPD],” he said.
Additionally, police officers issued 68 summonses for moving violations over that same time period.
“We came down like a hammer,” said Commissioner Krumpter. “Now it’s going to be maintenance.”
In addition to requesting the help of the Nassau County Police, the Village has taken other steps that have helped to address quality of life issues and criminal activity on the Boulevard.
Security cameras that record activity 24 hours a day have been installed, and the Village, Mayor Kennedy explained to Northwordnews, has hired a new security firm that patrols the area, with a retired Nassau County police officer serving as one of its guards. That, he said, has been very helpful in establishing an additional line of communication to the county police.
Earlier in the day on July 11, the Mayor spoke at the County Legislature’s meeting and thanked the County and the Police Department for their response.
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Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter (fourth from left) and County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (third from right) pose for a picture with the Village Board, representatives from the Nassau County Police Department and Members of Daisy Troop 22 at the July 11 Sea Cliff Village Board meeting.
IT'S CIVICS 101 AT JULY 11 SEA CLIFF VILLAGE BOARD MEETING
July 16, 2016 -- Although many years short of voting age and most not tall enough to be seen over the Village Hall lectern, several young residents turned out Monday evening for the Sea Cliff Board’s now annual “Bring Your Kid to a Village Board Meeting” night.
Most in attendance were members of Sea Cliff Daisy Troop 22 and included Anne Kelly, Stella Cashman, Carolyn Leach, Fiona Hughes, and Josie Hecker. .
Not only did they have the opportunity to meet the Mayor and Village Board but also County Legislator Delia DeRiggi Whitton and acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter, as well as other representatives from the Police Department.
A few, with a little help from mom, offered their thoughts and asked questions during the Public Comment period.
One suggested that recycling pick ups occur twice a week and regular garbage only once a week - a reversal of the current schedule. Mayor Kennedy seemed open to the idea.
Another expressed frustration at the process for getting a permit to have chickens, with approval of 75% of neighbors in a 200 foot radius being required, when similar requirements are not required for barking dogs.
The Mayor explained that chickens and other livestock and their feed, if not well maintained, sometimes attract rats and other vermin which can be problematic for neighbors. Under no circumstances, he continued, are roosters allowed.
As for barking dogs, he said, if that becomes a problem, the owner may receive a visit from a code enforcement officer.
It was the third straight year that the Mayor and Trustees extended an open invitation to all of Sea Cliff's youth to one of its summer board meetings in an effort to promote civic education by offering children an opportunity to witness and participate in local democracy first-hand.
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