Quality of Life Challenges in Canarsie’s South East Sector NCO Meeting Topic

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Now that summer is officially over, most cops around town are hoping that house parties and other warm-weather annoyances will finally come to an end.

For the 69th Precinct’s Sector D Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs), tragedies continue to plague the neighborhood due to dangerous drivers and complaints about threatening noise.

During Sector D’s quarterly “Build the Block” meeting to be held on Wednesday, September 14th via ZoomthSergeant Bashir Hassan led reports of ongoing problems in the area encompassing Paerdegat Avenue North to the west side of East 94th Street/Avenue L to Canarsie Park.

He noted that house parties peaked that summer and subpoenas were issued for various violations.

“Some of the house parties that we tried to shut down prompted residents to move to Canarsie Park,” he said. “Most of the complaints we received were on East 88th Street, Seaview Avenue and the Paerdegats.”

The official also summarized safety concerns, all related to the recent hit-and-run at East 91st Street and Avenue M.

Ali Alshawesh, 65, was reportedly struck by a 2014 gray Nissan Pathfinder at the intersection as the vehicle made a wide turn off Remsen Avenue as the victim was crossing the street. Alshawesh died shortly after being hit by the vehicle, which was later found on East 96th Street.

“We are still looking for the driver and the incident is being investigated,” the corporal said. “But the victim was well known to her neighbors and we are asking anyone with information to help us determine who left the scene.”

While many were familiar with the Zoom sessions hosted by Sergeant Ioana Matiuta, Officer Hassan informed the dozen in attendance that she had moved her patrol tour to Sector A. However, he was more than accommodating in addressing residents’ concerns.

The quarterly NCO meetings provide residents with an opportunity to speak directly with the officers who routinely patrol their department of command and help resolve ongoing quality of life issues. The Neighborhood Policing tool has helped foster improved relationships between the community and residents, allowing non-urgent issues to be de-escalated. Officers typically give residents their contact information during meetings to provide transparency and a real-time resource for minor complaints, including abandoned cars, suspicious activity and other quality of life issues.

To find out when your sector meets, please follow the 69th Precinct Twitter page at @NYPD69Pct.

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