Saturday, November 15, 2014


Community Board 14 Public Safety Committee Meeting
Monday, November 17th, 7:00 p.m.

Deputy Inspector Richard DiBlasio, the Commanding Officer of the 70th Police Precinct, will be the featured speaker at the Community Board 14 Public Safety Committee meeting. He will
  • give a report on the state of the precinct,
  • provide an update on issues of concern to the community, and
  • offer holiday crime prevention tips.

Those issues of concern include 
  • a home invasion in October that led to Leonard Phillips' murder in his home on Rugby Road at Cortelyou Road,
  • the armed robberies in October and November of
    • Stratford Deli on Church Avenue near Stratford Road,
    • Mimi's Hummus on Cortelyou Road near Westminster Road,
    • Ox Cart Tavern on Argyle Road at Newkirk Avenue, and
    • Lark Cafe on Church Avenue at E. 10th Street), and
  • the January armed robbery and assault of a livery cab driver on E. 8th Street near Cortelyou Road.

In another note, the precinct's ticketing of pedestrians and cyclists who are passing through the Parade Grounds after dusk is not sitting well with a number of neighborhood residents. An online petition addressed to Prospect Park Alliance and the city's Parks and Transportation commissioners is requesting that they "Make it legal to walk and bike through the Parade Grounds" after dusk. However, a November 10th update on the petition site reports that "The 70th Precinct has vetoed any changes to the hours."

Deputy Inspector DiBlasio took over the command of the 70th Precinct in April of this year. He has been on the NYPD for 27 years, first patrolling the 61st Precinct and then being promoted to sergeant in 1994, lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2006, and deputy inspector last year. He's served in the 63rd, 84th, 61st, and 68th precincts and Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

Committee meetings are open to the public. The current co-chairs of the Public Safety Committee are Gary Schultze and Joseph Dweck.

Community Board 14 serves Flatbush, Midwood, and parts of Kensington.

Meeting location:
Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Office
810 East 16th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11230
phone: (718) 859-6357
fax: (718) 421-6077
e-mail: info @