Thursday, July 5, 2012

Cops have their hands full at Creedmoor

From the Times Ledger:

Residents near the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus in Bellerose say the state-owned property is a magnet for all sorts of unwanted visitors and unscrupulous activities, and neither the police nor campus security can seem to get the situation under control.

Creedmoor is divided into two sections by Union Turnpike, with the state Office of Mental Health’s psychiatric center in the north. The south campus is home to a number of different programs — some run by various state offices, others by independent nonprofits — many of which provide outpatient services to people with substance-abuse, psychiatric and/or developmental-disability issues.

Patricia Luppino lives in Country Pointe, a community developed about 10 years ago on a piece of property purchased from the state on the south campus. Her home is adjacent to the nonprofit Institute for Community Living, which provides supported housing to “chronically and persistently mentally ill adult populations, many of whom are referred from state psychiatric centers [Creedmoor],” according to its website.

Luppino said she has had to put up with rocks being thrown at her house and men urinating against the institute’s building, and even once saw a man expose himself to a woman.

“It’s awful,” she said. “I can’t use my backyard.”

Neighbors tell stories of patients wandering the grounds heavily medicated, and say the large concentration of people with substance-abuse problems makes the campus an ideal target for drug dealers.

Frank Toner, president of the Rocky Hill Civic Association, said he and his neighbors regularly see “aggressive panhandling” at a nearby deli, as well as people fighting and selling drugs along the outskirts of the campus.

“As far as we know, they’re either residents [of Creedmoor] or people there selling drugs to them,” he said.

The NYPD said the situation at Creedmoor has gotten worse over the past year.


Anonymous said...

Move the programs to Vallone's dumping area south of Grand Central.

The community board will say nothing and the local press will see nothing.

Anonymous said...

Tell your neighbors - get photos and videos of criminal acts - and you can embarrass them into action.

Anonymous said...

This has been going on for at least 30 years. I remember these Creedmoor clowns walking around Springfield Blvd, Winchester Ave and Hillside Ave, and scaring girls at Alley Pond Park.

Anonymous said...

How many pedophiles receive out-patient care there? Dozens I'm sure.
Great to have it next to a school with young kids, Blomberg is a genius, kids and pedophiles within hundreds of feet from each other, waiting at the same bus stops.
A wonderful system, clearly very well thought out (note my sarcasm).

Anonymous said...

"wandering around heavily medicated".......You have to start worrying when they;re wandering around unmedicated..............

Anonymous said...

Pedophiles, and a cornucopia of the criminally insane. Right next to a school. Obviously, this is to instruct the children in the ways of being sensative to individuals with problems. Another queens progressive vision for the children.
Only problem is having full blown criminally insane individuals near children is inherently dangerous.
Its a wonderful thing to see the youngsters sharing a bus shelter with those less fortunate than themselves ( pedophiles, convicted rapists, and psychotic homicidal maniacs).
Its a great lesson for the children, assuming they survive.
It really is beyond insane.

Anonymous said...

If you have to live in an area that you "have to embaress them into action". Than it's time to move.
Especially when the safety of children are involved.
Plenty of places they actually care more about the families that live there than progressive nyc politics.

Anonymous said...

Agree with the person who said this has been going on for 30 years. North of Creedmore and the LIE there used to be a Catholic complex with a seminary, summer camp etc. Now a lot of it is, what else, a relatively new housing development. But back then, people from Creedmore would wander onto the seminary at night.