A special thanks goes out to Susan Jhun of NY1 for her outstanding work in helping to build community awareness of the safety issue of illegal fire hydrant use in New York City. Her report, which included an interview with Inwood's own Yianni Stamas, has had a powerful impact including a statement made by Mayor Bloomberg himself.
Bloomberg addressed the issue in his press conference in response to NY1 airings. More details on the hydrant story can be found on NY1's web site or by watching the video clip to the left.
Illegal fire hydrant use is an issue that the 34th Precinct takes very seriously.
Lt. LoPresti of the 34th Precinct gave Academy Twins web designer, filmmaker and community activist Yianni Stamas a copy of the fire hydrant safety poster (seen below) at the event. LoPresti confirmed the 34th Precinct's commitment to this very serious problem that is putting the lives of urban kids at risk. This strongly motivated force of New York's finest are actively involved in various programs to keep the area safe and maintain a high level of quality of life.
and was highlighted in their recent "National Night Out Against Crime" at PO Michael Buczek Ballpark (193rd St. & Amsterdam Ave.) this past summer. There were fun, games and prizes for kids and their families from Washington Heights and Inwood, but there were also important messages conveyed. Messages like "Play with a hydant and you're playing with fire." Yianni attended the event on behalf of The Inwood Manhattan Community Arts Project.
LoPresti (seen to below giving a friendly wave to IMCAP
cameras) has another program that is dear to his heart called "Adopt-A-Box."
The"Adopt-A-Box" program is where community volunteers pick a mail or delivery box on their block and are supplied paint by the 34th Precinct. IMCAP participates in this terrific venture. We applaud the police for doing everything they can for our community. And painting over the graffiti on mailboxes sends a message to vandals to not bother defacing our beautiful neighborhood.
If you would like to contact Lt. LoPresti about the Adopt-A-Box or other community programs please call 212-927-2640.
POLICE OFFICER KELLY : Your Precinct Crime Prevention Officer at 212-927-9301.
At IMCAP we are in constant communication with the police including Lt. Lopresti, PO Kelly, PO Davodian and PO Trinidad. Call Officer Kelly (seen to left in picture at the recent kids' event) at the number above with your Precinct Crime Prevention questions and issues.