1st Precinct Council News

Chief Purtell and Liz Berger, President of the Downtown Alliance, at the NYPD Downtown Center opening

The 1st Precinct Scooter Task Force and the Downtown Alliance Security Division moved to new offices at 65 Broadway this week. Patrol Boro Manhattan South Chief Thomas Purtell, 1st Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Edward Winski, Scooter Task Force Commanding Officer Lt. Rob Rudolph were on hand to open the new NYPD Downtown Center.

The new offices are centrally located to the Financial District, Battery Park City, Greenwich South.

We wish them well in their new space.

Commanding Officer Edward Winski with Lt Rob Rudolph, Liz Berger, President of the Downtown Alliance, and Sgt Harvin of the Scooter Task Force.

Captain Paul Rasa, new Commanding Officer of Transit District 2

Assigned to Transit District 2 on 1/3/10
Previous commands: 49 Pct, Bronx Narcotics, 43 Pct, 115 Pct and Transit Manhattan Task Force
Transit District 2 covers 6 precincts: 1,5,6,10,13 and MTS, 36 Stations, 21 Lines and 44 posts (or subway stations)

Other news:

Captain Vincent Costagliola new Executive Officer of Transit District 2
Assigned to Transit District 2 on 4/19/10 former ICO (Integrity Control Officer) at our 1st Precinct

We wish them all well!

Pictured L-R: Council Member Margaret Chin attends the 1st Precinct Council meeting as we honor our March Cop-of-the-Month Officer Gene Schatz ( story below), 1st Pct Council VP Marc Ameruso, Transit District 2 Community Affairs Officer James Rudolph, 1st Precinct Community Affairs Officer Steve Rose, Detective Rick Lee, 1st Precinct Council President Anthony Notaro, Council Member Margaret Chin, Officer of the Month Gene Schatz, Executive Officer Joseph Panarisse

New 1st Pct. Commander Taking Hard Line With Late-Night Partiers

By Matt Dunning, The Tribeca Trib
Since taking command of the NYPD’s 1st Precinct in June, Capt. Edward Winski has leapt to the frontline of confronting troublesome Lower Manhattan nightspots.

Two shooting incidents—at Soho’s Greenhouse nightclub in July and near the South Street Seaport in the early hours of Saturday, Aug. 7—plus a steady stream of noise complaints from around Downtown have led him to assemble a special nightlife “conditions” unit.

Winski reported on the new police unit to a Community Board 1 subcommittee on crime at its Aug. 9 meeting.

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The big cop-out: Organizers try to blame police after riot cancels their concert

Editorials, Thursday, June 17th 2010, 4:00 AM
Source: NY Daily News

To the annals of fatuousness is added the following Twitter update sent out Tuesday night by Paper magazine, sponsor of the free South Street Seaport concert that erupted into a miniriot:

“It’s a total madhouse — in a good way!”

This is how you view thrown chairs and bottles and throngs of people perched dangerously on rooftops when you believe that you inhabit a space somewhere other than reality.

As one guiding spirit of Paper, Kim Hastreiter, once said of her kindred soul in command:

“My wonderful longtime partner David Hershkovits always says that we at Paper live in a parallel universe … and so we create our own little utopian business where conforming to standard operating procedures is not required.”

It was in this parallel universe that Paper staged a show whose leading acts were pop-rock group Hanson and hip-hop performer Aubrey Graham, aka Drake, projecting attendance at 8,000 but drawing 20,000 and having no clue as to crowd control.

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Cheers! NYPD transit cops bust three ‘lush worker’ pickpockets who targeted drunk subway riders

By Pete Donohue
NY Daily News Staff Writer
Saturday, June 5th 2010, 4:00 AM

Subway riders who imbibe too much can sleep easier on the trip home now that a team of “lush worker” pickpockets is locked up, authorities said Friday.

NYPD Transit Bureau police have busted a trio that preyed on intoxicated riders who doze off and are unlikely to notice being relieved of their property, police said.

"The three individuals arrested had more than 30 arrests among them, many of them in the subway system," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne said in a statement. "Their apprehension makes the riding public that much safer."

Victor Vataj, Darrell Wilson and Christopher Harris were arrested at a lower Manhattan station at 3:20 a.m. on May 30. A transit police officer spotted Wilson, 40, taking a cell phone from a sleeping rider while Harris, 43, kept the train doors open and Vataj, 34, stood on the platform "looking back and forth," the police complaint said.

A judge set Wilson’s bail at $100,000 bond, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Bail for Vataj and Harris was set at $60,000 bond each.

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