It's been an issue of paramount importance for the residents and elected officials of the area for a long time, but now it needs to be a priority for the de Blasio administration.
For all residents, feeling safe should be a basic right. And while the New York City Police Department always does the best they can with the resources they have, sometimes there's just not enough to get the full job done.
While that isn't necessarily the case yet in eastern Queens, the city needs to do something before it becomes a problem.
The city is continuing to see an increased population boom, and while the neighborhoods of eastern Queens aren't on a trendy subway line, the de Blasio administration is clearly preparing for more people with his affordable housing rezoning proposals.
If more people are moving into areas like Rosedale or Floral Park because homes are still affordable, they are going to expect that their safety is a top priority.
This is an “out of sight, out of mind,” issue for the city because it's a precinct on the outskirts of town and it's a precinct of working-class Queens residents. It's extremely diverse, running through a range of different socio-economic neighborhoods.
But it's almost like they're all being forgotten, and this is not solely on the de Blasio administration, it's been a pressing need for a long time.
The 105th Precinct is the largest precinct in the city, which also causes a drain on police resources, such as vehicles. With a smaller area to patrol, there are surely cost savings to be had, which can then be applied toward funding the 116th Precinct. (Yes, it already has a number reserved for it.)
Everybody in Queens, including Borough President Melinda Katz supports it, but now it's time to for the City to get on board.