Ticket blitz at Eliot and Metropolitan

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You may have already seen this viral video of police officers conducting what appears to be a ticketing blitz in the middle of traffic at Metropolitan Avenue and Eliot Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.

Drivers stuck in the busy, congested intersection got hit with tickets for blocking the box, but witnesses say the officers unfairly asked them to wait and when the light turned red, the officers pounced.

From the video, a woman, who we’re assuming is Angie Taveras-Lamourt, who posted the video on Facebook, publicly chastises the officers:

“This is illegal what you’re doing. You’re stopping cars at a green light, and just when it turns, you all come over here to give a ticket. That’s illegal and you know it. You know it. This is improper. Now you’re going to come here and give this guy a ticket. You have to fix that light, that’s not right. You’re just going to give this poor man a ticket. That’s bull****.”

We got a call today from a Middle Village resident who identified himself as “Big Frank” who told us at least 15 cops were stationed there. Big Frank also said at least six cars were ticketed at the moment.

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“One of them was directing traffic,” Big Frank said. “When the light changed, another cop starting zapping everyone’s window.”

“There was nowhere to move,” he added. “It’s a scam. This needs to be taken care of.”

Big Frank confirmed that the officers asked the cars to come forward, only to ticket them in the middle of traffic.

He has already contacted Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley’s office to see what can be done.

If you have a similar story to share, or if you were there on Tuesday afternoon, let us know by commenting below.

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See the agenda for CEC 24 meeting tonight

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Community Education Council 24 will be meeting tonight at PS/IS 128 in Middle Village to discuss pedestrian safety around area schools.

Guest speakers include Jason Barney, Deputy Borough Commissioner for the Department of Transportation, Office Michelle Manistalco from the 104th Precinct, and Glen Risbrook and Byron Kiste from the Office of Pupil Transportation.

Keep in mind that CEC 24 has two member vacancies available for Pre-K through 8th grade parents.

For more information, contact the office by email at CEC24@schools.nyc.gov.

Addabbo to hold office hours in Middle Village Library

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State Senator Joseph Addabbo is holding mobile office hours for local constituents at Middle Village Library on Thursday, September 21.

Addabbo will be available to meet with residents from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The library is located at 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue.

“By coming to constituents in their own neighborhoods, I am hoping to make it more convenient for them to come out and express their concerns to me,” Addabbo said. “I look forward to meeting and speaking with local residents in Middle Village.”

For more information, contact Addabbo’s office at 718-738-1111.

Community Board 5 meeting today

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Community Board 5 is returning from its summer recess for a board meeting tonight at Christ the King High School.

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

On the agenda tonight is a public hearing about Fiscal Year 2019’s capital and expense budget priorities for the neighborhood.

District Manager Gary Giordano says a capital budget item usually relates to a construction need, such as new sewers, roadway reconstruction, or physical improvements to parks, bridges and schools.

An expense budget includes items like need for more police officers and parks maintenance staff and other personnel-related requests.

The public forum will be followed by the public forum, a review of applications of liquor licenses, a review of building demolition notices and committee reports.

Crowley hosts Women’s Day of Action

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Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley celebrated the 19th amendment by hosting a Women’s Day of Action and rallying her supporters.

Public Advocate Letitia James, Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, Councilman Ritchie Torres and dozens of volunteers marked the ratification of the 19th amendment, which officially gave women the right to vote 97 years ago.

Crowley touted her advocacy for equal rights, pay and representation, but said there’s still work to be done to “keep women in office and encourage more to run.”

“In New York City, women make up less than one third of the City council – just 13 out of 51 members,” she said. “We have some of the strongest, most intelligent women in the entire world right here, yet are significantly underrepresented in elected office.”

Crowley said her mother dedicated her career to education and public service, showing her by example that a woman can do just as well as any man.

“As a small business owner and female community leader, she raised 15 children and 12 girls who all became professional, independent women,” Crowley said. “I fight every day not only for my own family but for all families across the district because that is how I was raised. I was taught to be strong, fair and persistent, and will continue to be to ensure our communities move forward.”