Value of reporting crime
by Emily Gallagher
Sep 29, 2016 | 53 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As I mentioned last week, there have been a series of attacks on people in our neighborhood over the last month. I began to organize around it after reading many posts on social media, different perspectives and experiences both from relative newcomers to the neighborhood as well as lifelong Greenpointers. I felt that it would be better for us to meet in person than chatter and gossip online. I believed that through openly sharing our experiences, we should be able to come up with achievable goals that would improve our safety in the community, and I have already learned a lot. Last week we held a well-attended meeting – 80 people came, as well as the Community Affairs officers from the 94th precinct. Some came with their own complaints, some with curiosity. Others came to provide perspective on strategies that had worked or not worked in the past, as Greenpoint, especially the area around the park, has always struggled with various crime (as all communities do). Through this last two-week period, I've had time to think and reflect about key components of being a responsible member of a community. Often times we want to solely place the blame on the police or on the lawmakers, but we as citizens and community members have a major responsibility in this as well. First of all, it is vital for people to report the crimes they witness or experience. I used to think, really even before this meeting, that to report a crime was solely an effort to receive justice for myself, to get something stolen back, punish the person who victimized me. However, I'm coming to realize that reporting to the police has a much larger function. It helps us know what's happening in our community, prevent future incidents and track problems. As we track problems, we can come up with achievable policy positions to help prevent prevalent crimes. To tell people to report a crime sounds very basic, but the reality is that people who have been victimized by a crime truly undergo a shift in perspective. The trauma of being attacked can get in their way. This vulnerability can cause people to shut down. If a victim is scared and injured as well, as they often are, their ability to undergo the reporting process is more difficult. This means the initial reaction of the police has an enormous influence. If the victim does not feel responded to in a timely way or does not receive help at all, they may be soured on their experience, regardless of whether or not the reaction of the police was valid. To meet an emotional, vulnerable person with logic or reason sometimes has disastrous results, even if it is justified. When a victim reports to the police and doesn't receive an adequate response, the message that the police will not help spreads beyond them and out to their social circle. What results is a bevy of unreported or under-reported incidents, which make tracking the true crime of the area difficult. Second of all, it is also vital for us to report what happened to us to our community, as well as how we were treated by the authorities, i.e., what was good and what we would like to see change. While many people see Facebook as a place to put cat photos and nothing else, as a community we have had a great deal of success sharing these incident reports with each other online. This holds the police and lawmakers accountable for the risks we took in reporting. If you reported an incident and got no response, this is important information for the rest of us to know. If you were spoken to disrespectfully or dismissed, this is important for us to know. If you were treated wonderfully, and truly helped by and felt protected by the police, this is a great thing for us to know. Since a few victims came out publicly over the past few weeks, there have been more and more and more reports. Suddenly, word of mouth is revealing attacks and patterns previously unknown to us all. That is helpful both to the police and to the citizenry. Because a series of attacks were reported this weekend, the police were able to track the wave to a known gang of robbers. If any of the victims had kept their humiliating and painful experiences to themselves, we would not have been able to find them. Only with full participation from the community can we build a safe neighborhood. The police are only useful when they have the right information, and it's also important that we work with them so that we can hold them accountable. Every frustrating incident and every positive incident should be public knowledge. This is how we can reform the system and make it work for all of us, the police included.
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jbll1952
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September 28, 2016
The mayor did nothing more then make a propaganda video just like the nazi made during the war.It is shameful that the city of new york mayor stoops to this level.Maybe he should address the 691(911) calls at the verve in long island city.And they only house women there.
Some of the great employees at HealthMax Pharmacy, Woodhaven's business of the year.
Some of the great employees at HealthMax Pharmacy, Woodhaven's business of the year.
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WRBA to honor pharmacy at annual event
by Ed Wendell
Sep 27, 2016 | 301 views | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of the great employees at HealthMax Pharmacy, Woodhaven's business of the year.
Some of the great employees at HealthMax Pharmacy, Woodhaven's business of the year.
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When you go into HealthMax Pharmacy on 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue, you’ll be reminded of the way all stores used to operate here in Woodhaven. There’s a friendly vibe between the clerks and the customers that you hardly see anymore. On a recent visit to HealthMax Pharmacy, we watched as a customer chatted with the girl at the register for a few minutes. It had that small-town feeling that used to exist in all stores; a feeling so appropriate here in Woodhaven, a small town in a big city. This is but one of the reasons that the very popular HealthMax Pharmacy is being honored by the Woodhaven Residents' Block Association as Woodhaven’s Business of the Year in 2016. HealthMax will be honored at a celebration taking place at Roma View Fine Catering on Friday, October 21. Adult tickets (12 and older) to the fundraiser are $70, and tickets for children 5 to 11 are $30. Tickets include a full buffet dinner with soda, beer, and wine. The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and concludes at 11 p.m. Roma View Fine Catering is located at 160-05 Cross Bay Boulevard, in Howard Beach. E-mail info@woodhaven-nyc.org or call the WRBA office at (718) 296-3735 to buy tickets. “For us, our number one priority is to greet every single customer that comes to the store and make them feel like they are part of the family,” says Julio Echeverri. “As a result, every time our customers come into the store, they feel like they are home.” HealthMax is a pharmacy handling a high volume of prescriptions every day. But the store itself is much more than that, stocking a wide variety of items at great prices. “We are always looking to get the products that people need,” Echeverri says. “We tried to build the store based on the community’s needs. Every single resident is important to us, and we are always thinking about what kind of products and services we can provide to them.” Open seven days a week, HealthMax provides a wide variety of services that you might not know you could get locally. For example, they provide flu and vaccine shots, eye tests for the Department of Motor Vehicles, and passport photos. In addition to all this, they are also a licensed notary public. For those who like bargains, HealthMax has specials every single day. One day it might be cosmetics, the next day it might be toys or household items. Make sure you stop in to see what’s on sale that day. And most importantly, they have one discount in effect every single day of the year: all seniors get 10 percent off. When you support independent pharmacies and businesses like HealthMax you are, in effect, helping your neighbors. “Our staff is mostly made up from people who live here in Woodhaven,” Echeverri says. “By hiring people from the community it helps build a better relationship with our customers. It helps us to provide the kind of customer support that the chain stores want, where people always walk out the door 100 percent happy. That’s our guarantee.” And that’s the kind of thinking that prevailed among the local businesses here in Woodhaven many years ago. It’s good to see that spirit alive and well in our 2016 Business of the Year, HealthMax Pharmacy. You can visit HealthMax at 80-07 Jamaica Avenue. If you have any questions, feel free to call them at (718) 296-0400. And keep an eye out for special events outside the store around each holiday. HealthMax has become famous for their barbecues on the Fourth of July and their costumes and decorations around Halloween. In addition to HealthMax Pharmacy, the WRBA will also be honoring Richard Kaiser (Man of the Year) and Josephine Wendell (Woman of the Year). Tickets are going fast. If you are planning to attend, make sure you reserve your place now. Hope to see you there!
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The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its 9/11 Memorial and Candidates Night Meeting earlier this month. Pictured from left to right are Marvin Jeffcoat, Michael Conigliaro, GWDC director Paul Rudolph Jr., Sam Mantilla, Joseph Maldonado, Public Advocate Letitia James, Sergeant Joseph DeMarco, GWDC executive director Maria Thomson, Assemblyman Michael Miller and Officer Scott Adelman. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
The Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation held its 9/11 Memorial and Candidates Night Meeting earlier this month. Pictured from left to right are Marvin Jeffcoat, Michael Conigliaro, GWDC director Paul Rudolph Jr., Sam Mantilla, Joseph Maldonado, Public Advocate Letitia James, Sergeant Joseph DeMarco, GWDC executive director Maria Thomson, Assemblyman Michael Miller and Officer Scott Adelman. (Photo: Megan Arfmann)
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