From the Daily News:
The city plans to hire 81 new parks enforcement officers to beef up patrols in green spaces across all five boroughs.
City Parks Commissioner Veronica White made the announcement at a civic meeting in Astoria earlier on Tuesday night as residents pressed her about issues in nearby Astoria Park.
In recent years, the number of PEP officers has dwindled to less than 100. And many are tied up at events or parks facilities, leaving few to patrol.
Joseph Puleo of DC 37 Local 983, which represents the officers, called the hires “a step in the right direction” but would like to see the numbers continue to grow.
Geoffrey Croft of New York City Park Advocates, who has also been pushing for more PEP officers, said the new hires still leave the city far below the force of 450 officers it had in the 1990s.