In the wake of last week’s shooting of four ESU police officers on Nostrand Avenue, local leaders – including elected officials and their representatives – preempted last night’s monthly report from the NYPD 61st Precinct’s Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas, expressing appreciation for the dangerous work the police do to keep our streets safe.
Among those who expressed their support – and a speedy recovery to the officers – was City Councilman Lew Fidler and representatives from the offices of Councilman Domenic Recchia, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, State Senator Marty Golden, Comptroller John Liu, the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association, Bay Improvement Group and Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association.
Mastrokostas later took the floor of the 61st Precinct Community Council meeting to review a busy month in the district, which saw not only the shooting of four police officers, but the grisly murder of a man by his roommate, who then chopped up his body and attempted to dissolve it in bleach. There was also a shooting inside an apartment of 2938 Avenue W, in which the culprit is still on the lam.
In other crime, Mastrokostas noted that robberies are up for the last 28-day period, including several purse snatches. There have been eight arrests – and the precinct is up in robbery arrests for the year, up to 44 arrests from 17 last year.