Friday, February 5, 2010
Disgruntled in Jackson Heights
I am a life-long resident of Jackson Heights. My parents lived here and raised me here and I can honestly say I love my neighborhood. My old neighborhood, not the cesspool it has turned into. Jackson Heights used to be where a blue-collar family could live comfortably and with peace of mind. Today gangs, prostitution, filth, and garbage are synonymous with Jackson Heights. I am close to giving up and just moving out but cannot do so without a fight.
Here is where I ask your help. I am compiling information on gang activity in Jackson Heights and the NYPD failure to truly respond and take action. I do not need to tell you that where gangs, which engage in prostitution and identity fraud rings, openly operate, there is a police failure. I want to compile this sort of information and make it available to the public and other enraged residents of Jackson Heights that I know. I am not sure yet what I will do with this information (you have inspired me to set up some sort of online publication to disseminate this information) but I do know that it needs to get out there.
I was wondering if you knew a way to get a hold of the transcript and minutes of the Town Hall Meeting that occurred on December 9th 2009 in St. Mark's Church? This Town Hall Meeting was hosted by Assemblyman Jose R. Peralta and included a special guest appearance by Queens DA Richard A. Brown. I learned about this meeting via this link in the Queens Gazette. The meeting focused on gangs, quality of life and "cleaning up Roosevelt Ave."
I am also contacting Peralta's office and Brown's office but have no faith that I will get any results. I wish I had known about this meeting so that I would have attended myself, but this is my own fault. I would appreciate any help.
Keep fighting the good fight,
Disgruntled in Jackson Heights"
I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to that question. But hey - have you noticed the vibrant diversity of food carts under the el? That's reason enough to stay right there for many people...
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