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Patroling Great Neck Plaza

Rain, sleet, snow, ice, hot weather and cold weather are tough things to deal with when you’re out on the streets of Great Neck Plaza but dealing with an angry motorist who you’ve just given a ticket to might be the hardest thing of all, according to Christopher Backmon, the Plaza’s Code Enforcement Supervisor since 2012.

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Enforcing The Code: (l. to r.)): Dauberthini Beraud, Dwight Nembhard, Supervisor Christopher Backmon and Ronald Ryan

“I have to keep a calm demeanor,” said Backmon, who came to the Plaza as a Code Enforcement Officer in 2005, and now supervises three full time officers and a fourth part timer.  “On some very rare occasions someone’s really out of control, and for the most part, our officers are out there by themselves. Sometimes, though, you have to call for back up.”

“One thing about our job is that no one likes to receive a ticket,” he continued. “We’re automatically the object of hatred so when we go out there we have to figure out how to give people courtesy and respect as much as we can. I understand that they don’t hate us personally. So we try to be as nice as possible. We try to be polite as we can.” [Read more...]

Great Neck Plaza Burglary Arrest

An arrest has been made in connection with the burglary of a Great Neck residence in June.

Daniel Ratliff, 36, of Bay Shore, was arrested on August 14 and is being charged with three counts of Robbery 1st Degree, two counts of Burglary 1st Degree, Grand Larceny 2nd Degree, and three counts of Criminal Possession Weapon 3rd Degree.

Great Neck Residence Burglarized

police carPolice are investigating a burglary that occurred in Great Neck Plaza on June 10.

At 1:52 p.m., police say an unknown man subject rang the 34-year-old male victim’s doorbell at his Clent Road apartment and pretended to be a florist delivery man. When the victim opened his door, the man tasered him with a stun gun and then struck him in the head using a glass vase causing him to fall to the ground, according to police.

After a violent struggle, during which the victim saw the man displaying a black handgun, the man bound the victim’s his hands and feet, demanded money, broke open a locked safe that was in a hallway closet and fled on foot. [Read more...]

New Kensington Police Officer

poKensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin swears in police recruit Peter Bongo to the Kensington Police Department. Recruit Bongo was selected from the Nassau County Police List, established by Nassau County Civil Service, to fill a position that had become available upon the retirement of another officer last year. The village had interviewed and selected him to fill this position in the fall of last year, however his hiring was delayed while awaiting the start of a police academy class by the Nassau County Police Department. He will rejoin the Kensington Police Department upon his graduation from the academy later this year.

DWI Great Neck 2014

lightsAs they have for decades, the police departments in Great Neck work together to protect everyone in Great Neck, through teamwork. As part of a joint effort with the Nassau County Traffic Safety STOP DWI Program with a grant from the New York State, drunk and drugged driving are to be the focal point of the July 4th holiday week. Our “community” participation in the statewide enforcement effort keeps our roadways safer and continues to remind the public of the serious consequences associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Although there are limits or thresholds for the blood level of alcohol that needs to be reached before a person is “above the limit,” any amount of prescription, over the counter or illegal drugs that can impair your judgment, motor coordination, cause drowsiness or otherwise negatively affect your driving may be illegal and hold you, the driver, and possibly the vehicle owner responsible for any and all criminal and civil legal consequences. “I didn’t know” is not cause for excuse from the responsibilities associated with driving… you must be right! Consult with your doctor and read the label before driving while taking medication. Plan ahead, designate a sober driver. Your children are “molded in your image”! Share your plans with them, so they too will plan ahead as they grow up. They grow up faster than you think! [Read more...]

Temple Helps After Tragedy

templeJust recently, early on Sunday morning, March 30, a pedestrian was struck and killed by an automobile at the corner of Old Mill Road and Middle Neck Road, in the Village of Great Neck, right in front of Temple Beth-El.

Nassau County Police reported that Adrian Vasquez of Great Neck was walking eastbound on Old Mill Road when he was struck by a driver who reportedly lost control of his automobile.

Vasquez died at North Shore University Hospital. [Read more...]

Former Town Of North Hempstead Employee Arrested

LocalNewsbriefs__040414ANassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arrest and arraignment of a former Town of North Hempstead employee for falsifying information regarding a prior federal conviction on his employment applications.

Edward Lucas, 59, of Great Neck, was charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (an E Felony). If convicted, he faces up to two to four years in jail. Nassau County District Court Judge Joy Watson set bail at $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash on one count, and $1,000 cash or bond on each of the remaining counts.

Captain Maria D’Amelio Honored

honorNassau County Legislator Ellen W. Birnbaum (D-Great Neck) was delighted to honor Nassau County Auxiliary Police Captain Maria D’Amelio on Monday, March 24, at the 16th Annual Trailblazers Awards Ceremony at the Nassau County Legislative Chamber in Mineola. As part of Women’s History Month, the county Legislators honor outstanding women in their legislative districts who have “blazed trails” through the wonderful work they do in their communities.

D’Amelio was born in Italy, and later settled in Great Neck in the mid-1970s. As a young woman with a strong work ethic, she paid her way through Queens College with her earnings and tips from waitressing at local restaurants.

While still in college, she began working in the mailroom of a market research firm. Within three months, she was offered a full-time supervisory position, and over the years rose to the title of Vice President of Operations. During this time, she directed client donations of food and consumer products to many charitable organizations including The Inn, Island Harvest, and Long Island Cares. [Read more...]

Pedestrian Struck, Killed In GN

pedestThe Nassau County Police Department’s Homicide Squad is investigating a fatal vehicular (automobile) accident that occurred on Sunday, March 30, at 9:35 a.m., in Great Neck, right in front of Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, on Old Mill Road.

According to detectives, victim Adrian Vasquez, 54, of Great Neck ,was walking eastbound on Old Mill Road when he was struck by a 2010 Lexus auto traveling westbound. Police report that the 71 -year-old male driver lost control of the vehicle, drove onto a curb and sidewalk, where he struck a street sign pole and the pedestrian.

Police further reported that the victim was transported to North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, where he was pronounced dead at 10:09 a.m., by emergency room staff Dr. Wighton. [Read more...]

KP Mayor Gets Community Service

mayorDavid Harounian, deputy mayor of the Village of Kings Point, agreed to 14 hours of community service in exchange for the eventual dismissal of charges that he touched a woman inappropriately last October while at Temple Israel of Great Neck. The announcement came from the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office last week.

According to the DA’s office, Harounian, 74, an importer of rugs who works in Manhattan, also agreed to a do-not-harass order of protection for the victim, Joanna Cronin, 43, resident of Great Neck.

The DA’s office said that the charges against Harounian will be dismissed after six months if he completes his required community service, does not violate the order of protection and does not get arrested again. [Read more...]