Bill S6106-2011

Relates to dividing the one hundred fifth and one hundred ninth precincts of the New York city police department into subdivisions

Relates to dividing the one hundred fifth and one hundred ninth precincts of the New York city police department into subdivisions.

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  • Jan 4, 2012: REFERRED TO CITIES

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BILL NUMBER:S6106

TITLE OF BILL:

An act to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to dividing the one hundred fifth and one hundred ninth precincts of the New York city police department into subdivisions

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:

The legislation will amend the applicable Administrative Code sections concerning the "fixing of boundaries of precincts" as set forth in §14-129, as this section relates to the 105th and 109th NYPD Precincts in the borough of Queens.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:

Section 1 of the bill amends §14-129 of the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section c that will divide the 105th precinct into two separate subdivisions, one representing the northern portion of the precinct and one representing the southern portion of the precinct, also amends §14-129 of the administrative code of the city of New York by adding a new section d that will divide the 109th precinct into two separate subdivisions, one representing the northern portion of the precinct including the "North Shore - College Point, Whitestone, Clearview and Bay Terrace" and one representing the southern portion of the precinct including "Flushing South".

Section 2 provides for this act to take effect on the 120 day after it becomes law.

JUSTIFICATION:

The current configurations of the 105th and 109th Precincts of the New York Police Department ("NYPD") are too large geographically with large population density to adequately provide sufficient services to the neighborhoods included within the current precinct boundaries.

The 109th Precinct currently includes the neighborhoods of Flushing. Bay Terrace, College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Queensboro Hill, and Willets Point. The 109th Precinct Stationhouse is located on Union Street in the heart of Flushing.

The 105th Precinct currently includes the neighborhoods of Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens, Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park. The 105th Precinct's Stationhouse is located on 22nd Street in Queens Village situated in the northern reaches of the precinct.

The New York City Department of City Planning Community Data Portal(1) reports the population in Community Board District 7/109th Precinct is approximately 242,952 and the population in Community Board 13/105th Precinct is approximately 196,284 (based on 2000 Census figures). In comparing the population across different community

districts, it can be seen that community board districts with like or lesser populations are serviced by multiple precincts. For example, Community Board District 12 has a population of 223,602 and is covered by two precincts, the 103rd and the 113th. The population in those precincts respectively is approximately 101,527 and 122,103. Community Board District 14 has an even smaller population, 106,686, and is also covered by two precincts, the 100 and the 101st, respective populations of approximately 43,584 and 63,154.

In addition, the Community Data Portal reveals a marked increase in population in Community Board District 7 and Community Board 13 between the 1990 and 2000 census. Yet these figures does not reflect any of the additional forecasted increases in the population in the more than 10 years since the last census figures were reflected in the Community Data Portal.

The 109th Precinct station house is currently located in the downtown Flushing area, and is already situated in the heart of the area with the greatest population density, placing a disproportionate demand on precinct resources, increasing the likelihood other neighborhoods will be left without sufficient services.

In 2007, NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly recognized the need to create a "satellite station house" in southern end of the 105th Precinct in order to "improve police services, including response times in this geographically large precinct".(2) This was an appropriate action to take and resulted in an 8% drop in crime in the next year. Therefore, it is wholly appropriate to now take this action a step further and create a formal subdivision of the 105th Precinct.

The geographic nature and population statistics in the areas covered by both the 105th and 109th Precincts require that they be formally subdivided in order to more effectively serve each of the neighborhoods under their protection.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: None.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS: To be determined.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred and twentieth day after it shall have become a law.

FOOTNOTES: 1 http://www.nyc.gov/htm1/dcp/html/neigh info/nhmap.shtml

2 NYPD Press Release 032, Thursday, July 26, 2007


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 6106 IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 4, 2012 ___________
Introduced by Sen. AVELLA -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Cities AN ACT to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to dividing the one hundred fifth and one hundred ninth precincts of the New York city police department into subdivisions THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 14-129 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding two new subdivisions c and d to read as follows: C. THE ONE HUNDRED FIFTH PRECINCT SHALL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SEPARATE SUBDIVISIONS, ONE SUBDIVISION REPRESENTING THE NORTHERN PORTION OF SUCH PRECINCT AND ONE SUBDIVISION REPRESENTING THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF SUCH PRECINCT. ALL CORRESPONDING BOUNDARIES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT, WHEREUPON, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ALLOCATE SUCH RESOURCES NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH AND SUPPORT BOTH PRECINCT SUBDIVISIONS. D. THE ONE HUNDRED NINTH PRECINCT SHALL BE DIVIDED INTO TWO SEPARATE SUBDIVISIONS, ONE SUBDIVISION REPRESENTING "FLUSHING SOUTH", AND THE OTHER REPRESENTING THE "NORTH SHORE - COLLEGE POINT, WHITESTONE, CLEAR- VIEW AND BAY TERRACE". ALL CORRESPONDING BOUNDARIES SHALL BE DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER, IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REGULATIONS OF THE DEPART- MENT, WHEREUPON, THE DEPARTMENT SHALL ALLOCATE SUCH RESOURCES NECESSARY TO ESTABLISH AND SUPPORT BOTH PRECINCT SUBDIVISIONS. S 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred twentieth day after it shall have become a law.

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