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'neighbors watching out for neighbors
 June 2014



Next Meeting: Monday June 30, 7:30pm at Kings Harbor Multi Care Center, Stillwell Ave at E Gun Hill Rd. Guest Speaker: NY State Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj
Agenda: Update on community concerns. Also representatives of the 49th precinct; the offices of NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj; NYS Senator Jeff Klein and from NYC Councilman Jimmy Vacca.



See Crime Alert Page for important NYPD Scam Alert!




Welcome Back Mark Gjonaj!

By Mark Saplicki &Vincent Prezioso

We are pleased to welcome back NYS Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj as the guest speaker for this month's meeting.  Especially since he made a surprise appearance at our May meeting.  Who says our elected representatives do not care about us?  Mr Gjonaj has made an impressive entrance into state politics and takes our concerns to heart and to Albany, where he works closely with our Senator Jeff Klein to assure that people of the northeast Bronx are heard.  So please come out and help us welcome Mr. Gjonaj - and bring any issues you believe he may be able to assist with!

From Da Prez...

By Vincent Prezioso

Thank you Jeff Klein!

We are very grateful for our State Senator Jeff Klein's appearance at our May meeting.  As our personal state representative Mr. Klein in a powerful influence and has achieved much success improving the quality of life in our area.  He outlined many of his past, present and future programs and he stayed until everyone's questions were answered.  Jeff Klein has represented our area for a long time, first as State Assemblyman and now as State Senator. We will be glad to welcome him back to NEBA anytime.



The new phone and fax number for NEBA is 718-519-1723.


     Please attend our meeting on June 30 to receive updates on various community concerns, which are cannot be disseminated easily in this newsletter.

     From all of us here at NEBA to all of you...a happy and healthy summer season!  Remember there will be no newsletters published, nor any public meetings, during the months of July or August.  However our website will be updated periodically with news of interest to the community.  And if we do receive any critical information it will be passed along to our email subscribers.  Not on our email list yet?  Send an email to and you will be kept informed in a quicker manner than this newsletter.

NYPD Community Affairs

Courtesy NYPD Community Affairs Bureau

Crime Stoppers

Watch videos of unsolved crimes, you may be able to help! 

Anonymous tips may be rewarded.  Please visit the Crime Stoppers Website or by calling 1-800-577-TIPS.

Keep Valuables Safe at the Beach

 You know you shouldn't leave your valuables just sitting on the beach blanket, but the water looks so good.  Surely, the stuff will be okay. You can cover it with your towel or keep an eye on it while you're swimming.  Right?  Wrong!  Crowded beaches can be a hot spot for thieves. Decide what valuables you can leave at home and what you must have with you.

Steps for Protecting Your Android Phone

  1- Use your Google "Gmail" account to activate a security feature on your Android cellphone.

 Register your Android by going to

If your Android is lost or stolen this service will allow you to log onto your Google "gmail" account from any device that has internet access,  you can then direct your Android to do the following:

Wipe the device clean of all sensitive data.

Send a text message to the device.

Have the phone ring, which may assist in locating the phone.


Next Meeting

Next Meeting: Monday June 30, 7:30PM, Kings Harbor MultiCare Center, E. Gun Hill Road at Stillwell Ave - Use Main Entrance.

Guest Speaker: NY State Assemblyman Mark Gjonaj

Representatives from the 49th Pct; NYS Senator Klein; NYS Assemblyman Gjonaj; and NYC Councilman Vacca will be present.



2- Download and activate one of the free "Find My Phone" applications. These free security applications are located under the Google Play symbol.                                                       

Upon accessing the "app" area, type-in "find my phone" into the search box and you be provided with numerous free downloadable security apps.  Select a "find my phone" app and follow the simple steps to setting up this service.

If your Android is lost or stolen this service will allow you to enable a tracking feature that can assist the police in recovering the phone.

Register with the NYPD "Operation ID" program at your location Police Precinct. Ask for the Precinct, Crime Prevention Officer (Tyrone Mederos at 49PCT.)


Police operators are trained to handle a variety of calls and emergencies. Although they are assisted by some technology, there are essential things the public can do when calling 911:

1. GIVE AN ADDRESS - The location of the emergency is the first and most important thing operators need.  Give the operator the address as specifically as possible, and the borough. If you don't know the exact street address, providing the street name, nearby cross streets and landmark or highways can go a long way in helping speed help to where it is needed. If you don't know where you are and are able to, visually scan and describe your surroundings.

2. ANSWER QUESTIONS - Call takers and dispatchers will ask you for more information, so they can properly notify responding officers and necessary authorities, or in some cases provide you with potentially life-saving instructions - for example; how to administer CPR. You may be asked to repeat some information to EMS or Fire Department personnel. It doesn't delay help that is already on the way.

 3. REMAIN CALM - Try to remain calm and provide as much detailed information as possible. The calmer you are, the clearer you can be, the better operators and responders can hear and help you.

 4. DESCRIBE THE EMERGENCY - Are your or is someone else hurt? How? Whether you need medical attention, police response, or other emergency assistance, explaining the nature and severity of injuries can be critical - is the person conscious? Choking? Bleeding? Describe what is happening to the best of your ability, or ask someone else to, and leave the line open if you cannot speak. 

 5. DESCRIBE PERPETRATORS - If you have witnessed a crime or been victimized, get to safety first. As soon as you can, call 911. Describe if there is a suspect or suspects, whether weapons are involved; what the perpetrators look like, including race/approximate age/height/weight/clothing type and color; where they are or how they fled, and in what direction. If they were in a vehicle, what make/model or color and size? Even partial descriptions and license plate numbers can be helpful.

 6. KEEP PHONES OPEN - Tell operators the number from which you are calling. Use a landline when possible, and if calling from a cell phone, do your best to leave it on. 

 7. FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE - Foreign language assistance is available, in more than 140 different languages. Callers can be connected to Spanish-speaking operators, or to other live translators via phone. 

 8. USE 311 - 911 is for emergencies only. Use 311 to request information, or to report conditions or problems that do not pose an immediate harm to you or others.

 9. INCREASE AWARENESS - In a safe and supportive manner, train children how and when to call 911. Also, know what precinct you live in - a list of NYPD precincts and police service areas which cover public housing is available online via - see Precincts for a directory of locations and phone numbers. 

10. EVERY CALL MATTERS - All calls are important! Including false alarms and prank calls, which take operators away from citizens whose lives may be in danger. Pranks are punishable by law. Avoid accidentally dialing 911 - lock and secure your phone when ifs not in use to prevent pocket/purse dial.  Operators are standing by! Take care and be safe.

For more information on all of the programs we offer, or for crime prevention and personal safety tips visit our website: You can also sign up to receive copies of these messages via email.  For those of you who do not use email or computers NEBA will publish these articles each month in this newsletter.

NYPD, NEBA assist Holy Rosary

By Mark Saplicki

Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

On Sunday June 22, the clergy and parishioners of the Church of the Holy Rosary celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi. After Mass Pastor Fr. Robert Quarato led the faithful in a procession through the streets of the parish. At Fr. Quarato's request, NEBA was asked to coordinate the procession route with the 49th Pct. and to assist with security for the procession that included over 100 marchers, who chanted the Rosary and sang Psalms along the way.  We at NEBA are very grateful to PO Jay Sturdivant for coordinating and leading the fine Auxiliary Officers of the 49th precinct who accompanied the procession and to Captain Timothy McCormack for his ongoing support.  As a member of the Holy Name Society I would like to express my gratitude to Vinny Prezioso and the Civilian Patrol for being there for Holy Rosary...again!

Lowest Water Rate Increase...

Courtesy NYC Dept of Environmental Protection

     The lowest Water Rate Increase in Nine Years is approved by New York City Water Board; at 3.35 percent the change is less than half the increase anticipated

Minimum charge to be frozen for roughly 25 percent of all single-family homeowners, many of them seniors, will see no rate increase.

     City to cut "rent payment" to reduce rates, redirect funds to water and sewer system


The New York City Water Board today voted to approve the Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) proposed 3.35 percent increase in the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) water rate. The approved rate for FY15 represents the lowest increase in nine years and is less than half the published projection of 7.8 percent. The significant reduction was achieved through internal cost-cutting measures, refinancing higher cost debt, and by redirecting part of the excess rental payment that had been adding to ratepayers' bills. In addition, DEP will freeze the minimum consumption charge for customers that use fewer than 100 gallons per day. As a result, roughly 25 percent of all single family homes will see no increase in their water rates. Under the new rate, a typical single-family homeowner will see an increase of less than $3 per month and a typical multi-family unit with metered billing will see an increase of less than $2 per month.

     As part of the rate adoption, DEP also introduced a number of customer service improvements including:

     Freezing the minimum charge - DEP will freeze the minimum charge for customers who use less than 100 gallons of water each day at last year's rate. As a result roughly 25 percent of single family homes-many of them owned by seniors-will see no water rate increase.

     Creation of a low-income assistance program - The City will fund a Home Water Assistance Program to assist low-income homeowners. DEP will partner with the NYC Human Resources Administration, which administers the Federal Home Energy Assistance Program, to identify homeowners who would be eligible to receive an annual credit on their water bills.

     Expanding the leak forgiveness program - Through the Leak Notification Program DEP has saved customers $45 million in leak-related charges since 2011. Until now, leaks on maintainable fixtures, such as toilets and faucets, were not included in DEP's leak forgiveness program. To encourage a quick response to those leaks, DEP will extend partial forgiveness of leak-related charges to any customer who fixes a leak that resulted in a high bill within 120 days.

     Extending the deadline for customers to file an appeal with the Water Board - Currently, customers have 30 days to file an appeal with the Water Board. DEP has extended that deadline to 60 days.

     Halting the lien sale process for customers with a pending appeal - DEP will exclude any customer from the lien sale list who has a pending appeal on the date the 90-day list is published. The change will ensure customers have a fair shot to appeal a bill they believe is unwarranted.

     Suspending interest for customers with a "catch-up" bill after Automated Meter Reader (AMR) installation - DEP will grant customers who are issued a "catch-up" bill after the installation of AMR 90 days to pay their bill, interest free. The change will reduce unanticipated charges on customers' bills.

Are we still grateful for our Independence?

By Mark Saplicki

The founding fathers and framers of the constitution who initiated the separation of church and state were humble and grateful to God the great ruler of nations.  So what has happened since then?  In my humble opinion it is because we have steadily turned away from that foundation, but more importantly we have lost a national respect for God in our society and have become ungrateful for all the blessings He has bestowed upon us.  George Washington's issued the following proclamation in 1795.  See if you do not see the irony when comparing those times to ours.



     When we review the calamities which afflict so many other nations, the present condition of the United States affords much matter of consolation and satisfaction.  Our exemption hitherto from foreign war - an increasing prospect of the continuance of that exemption - the great degree of internal tranquility we have enjoyed - the recent confirmation of that tranquility, by the suppression of an insurrection which so wantonly threatened it - the happy course of our public affairs in general - the unexampled prosperity of all classes of our citizens, are circumstances which peculiarly mark our situation with indications of the divine beneficence towards us.  In such a state of things it is, in an especial manner, our duty as a people, with devout reverence and affectionate gratitude, to acknowledge our many and great obligations to ALMIGHTY GOD, and to implore him to continue and confirm the blessings we experience.

     Deeply Penetrated with this sentiment, I George Washington, President of the United States, do recommend to all religious societies and denominations, and to all persons whomsoever within the United States, to set apart and observe a day of PUBLIC THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER; and on that day to meet together and render their sincere and hearty thanks to the Great Ruler of Nations for the manifold and signal mercies which distinguish our lot as a nation; particularly for the possession of constitutions of government, which unite, by their union establish liberty with order - for the preservation of our peace foreign and domestic - for the seasonable control which has been given to a spirit of disorder, in the suppression of the late insurrection - and generally, for the prosperous course of our affairs, public and private; and at the same time, humbly and fervently to beseech the kind Author of these blessings graciously to prolong them to us - to imprint on our hearts a deep and solemn sense of our obligations to Him for them - to teach us rightly to estimate their immense value - to preserve us from the arrogance of prosperity, and from hazarding the advantages we enjoy by delusive pursuits - to dispose us to merit the continuance of His favors, by not abusing them, by our gratitude for them, and by a corresponding conduct as citizens and as men - to extend among us a true and useful knowledge - to diffuse and establish habits of sobriety, order, morality, and piety; and finally, to impart all the blessings we possess, or ask for ourselves, to the whole family of mankind.   

George Washington


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