CB5 re-elects executive board

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At its June meeting, Community Board 5 re-elected its executive committee.

Here are the results:

  • Chair: Vincent Arcuri, Jr.
  • 1st Vice Chair: Walter Sanchez
  • 2nd Vice Chair: Dmytro Fedkowskyj
  • Treasurer: Kathy Masi
  • Secretary: Margaret (Peggy) O’Kane
  • At-Large Members: Patricia Grayson, Fred Haller, John Maier and Theodore (Ted) Renz

For more information about the community board, click here.

Middle Village student to join Naval Academy

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Middle Village’s Ted Colter, third from the left in the photo above, has been nominated to attend the Naval Academy.

A student a Xavier High School, Colter was one of six local students nominated by Congresswoman Grace Meng to attend one of five service academies.

All students will begin attending the academies later this month when they graduate from their high schools. After four years of study, graduates become commissioned as officers in active or reserve components of the U.S. military for a minimum of five years.

Students who want to attend the service academies are typically nominated by their representative in Congress. They’re evaluated based on highly competitive educational, physical and extracurricular standards.

“It is an honor to have nominated these exceptional young men and women to attend our nation’s elite service academies,” Meng said. “These outstanding students are among the best and brightest in our community ad I’m confident the’ll make us proud.”

Middle Village business robbed at gunpoint

1577-17 GP Robbery 104 pct 06-17-17 Pic of PerpA commercial business on the corner of 85th Street and Eliot Avenue was robbed at gunpoint on Saturday.

According to police, the suspect in the photo entered the establishment at around 5:17 p.m. holding a fire arm. He subsequently ordered the 45-year old employee to remove the contents of the register.

The employee turned over approximately $1,600 and the suspect fled on foot southbound on 85th Street.

The individual is described as a male White, slim build with a mustache, who was last seen wearing a dark hat, dark hooded jacket and dark jeans.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police did not immediately identify which business was robbed.

Here’s your chance to meet Commissioner O’Neill


Police Commissioner James O’Neill is attending the next 104th Precinct Community Council meeting next week at Sacred Heart School in Glendale.

The meeting is a chance for local residents in the precinct to express safety concerns and meet with the Commanding Office of the 104th Precinct, Captain John Mastronardi.

The visit will begin at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Detective Bell at 718-386-2431.

Crowley’s 9-1-1 access bill becomes law


Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s 9-1-1 access bill into law.

The legislation requires direct access to emergency 911 services and for telephone systems to provide a central location for responding personnel to an emergency scene.

In public places and hotels, often residents need to dial out before reaching out for emergency help, but this law would eliminate that barrier.

“This law is one more measure in making New York City safer, and ensuring everyone has equal access to help that could ultimately save lives,” Crowley said. “It will serve to prevent the tragic circumstances that fell upon Kari Hunt, and will also help emergency services respond to calls more promptly and efficiently. In every emergency situation, a mere few seconds could be the difference between life and death. This law will help save precious seconds and improve the city’s emergency response system.”

MVP parents to protest at Brooklyn Diocese Wednesday


Students and parents from Middle Village Preparatory (MVP) Charter School are rallying outside the offices of the Brooklyn Diocese tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

They will urge Diocesan leaders to drop the lawsuit against Christ the King High School that could evict MVP from its space.

School officials say MVP’s eviction could lead to 380 students being pushed out of the school.

Students and parents will board buses at MVP at about 8:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning.