TITLE OF BILL:
to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to
dividing the one hundred fifth and one hundred ninth precincts of the
New York city police department into subdivisions
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL:
The legislation will amend the applicable Administrative Code sections
concerning the "fixing of boundaries of precincts" as set forth in
§14-129, as this section relates to the 105th and 109th NYPD
Precincts in the borough of Queens.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
Section 1 of the bill amends §14-129 of the administrative code of the
city of New York by adding a new section c that will divide the 105th
precinct into two separate subdivisions, one representing the
northern portion of the precinct and one representing the southern
portion of the precinct, also
amends §14-129 of the administrative code of the city of New
York by adding a new section d that will divide the 109th precinct
into two separate subdivisions, one representing the northern portion
of the precinct including the "North Shore - College Point,
Whitestone, Clearview and Bay Terrace" and one representing the
southern portion of the precinct including "Flushing South".
Section 2 provides for this act to take effect on the 120 day after it
The current configurations of the 105th and 109th Precincts of the New
York Police Department ("NYPD") are too large geographically with
large population density to adequately provide sufficient services to
the neighborhoods included within the current precinct boundaries.
The 109th Precinct currently includes the neighborhoods of Flushing.
Bay Terrace, College Point, Whitestone, Malba, Beechhurst, Queensboro
Hill, and Willets Point. The 109th Precinct Stationhouse is located on
Union Street in the heart of Flushing.
The 105th Precinct currently includes the neighborhoods of Queens
Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens,
Bellerose, Glen Oaks, New Hyde Park and Floral Park. The 105th
Precinct's Stationhouse is located on 22nd Street in Queens Village
situated in the northern reaches of the precinct.
The New York City Department of City Planning Community Data Portal(1)
reports the population in Community Board District 7/109th Precinct
is approximately 242,952 and the population in Community Board 13/105th
Precinct is approximately 196,284 (based on 2000 Census
figures). In comparing the population across different community
districts, it can be seen that community board districts with like or
lesser populations are serviced by multiple
precincts. For example,
Community Board District 12 has a population of 223,602 and is
covered by two precincts, the 103rd and the 113th. The population in
those precincts respectively is approximately 101,527 and 122,103.
Community Board District 14 has an even smaller population, 106,686,
and is also covered by two precincts, the 100 and the 101st,
respective populations of approximately 43,584 and 63,154.
In addition, the Community Data Portal reveals a marked increase in
population in Community Board District 7 and Community Board 13
between the 1990 and 2000 census. Yet these figures does not reflect
any of the additional forecasted increases in the population in the
more than 10 years since the last census figures were reflected in
the Community Data Portal.
The 109th Precinct station house is currently located in the downtown
Flushing area, and is already situated in the heart of the area with
the greatest population density, placing a disproportionate demand on
precinct resources, increasing the likelihood other neighborhoods
will be left without sufficient services.
In 2007, NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly recognized the need to
create a "satellite station house" in southern end of the 105th
Precinct in order to "improve police services, including response
times in this geographically large precinct".(2) This was an
appropriate action to take and resulted in an 8% drop in crime in the
next year. Therefore, it is wholly appropriate to now take this
action a step further and create a formal subdivision of the 105th
The geographic nature and population statistics in the areas covered
by both the 105th and 109th Precincts require that they be formally
subdivided in order to more effectively serve each of the
neighborhoods under their protection.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS FOR STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS:
To be determined.
This act shall take effect on the one hundred and
twentieth day after it shall have become a law.
1 http://www.nyc.gov/htm1/dcp/html/neigh info/nhmap.shtml
2 NYPD Press Release
032, Thursday, July 26, 2007
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