August 2nd evening was special for residents of northeast Queens. The 111th NYPD Precinct’s National Night Out reached greater success in 2016. The community mingled with police, business and political leaders in safety. The police vigilance at the event’s site at Douglaston Shopping Mall on 61st Ave. was outstanding. Great music, free food, toys donated by local businesses and organizations made an impression on all present. Public service booths by the police, local businesses, and Douglaston Theater and city agencies provided useful information.
“We all to show support for our police,” said Irene Cheung, a Recreation Administrator at the The CCNS Bayside Senior Center at 221-15 Horace Harding Expway, Bayside. The staff had excellent security on the day NYPD Commissioner William Bratton resigned.
“National Night Out is you and the community,” said Captain William A. McBride, Commanding of the 111th Police Precinct. “We are privileged to take time with the community. Stop by our booths and get our information. Many persons contributed to the program. We appreciate community support for our evening.”
“Don’t text and drive,” said Luigi Galano, Community Affairs officer. “Don’t drink and drive. Be aware of surroundings. We work with St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox in Flushing for their festivals. There is a cooperative effort with the Greek community and the 111th Precinct.”
Assemblyman Ed Braunstein said “we have one of the safest neighborhoods in New York City because of the sacrifices and successes of the NYPD.” Councilman Paul Vallone believes “every day the men and women of the 109 and 111th precincts keep our children and families safe. We live in safety. We will always be there for the NYPF.” A proclamation calling Tuesday August 2nd National Night Out was presented by Mayor Bill Di Blasio’s office.
“I am proud to be a part of this community,” said Nicole Fridas, Special Education CPSE director at Achieve Beyond. “Celebrating unity and taking part of this annual event with my family and neighbors is the meaning of the NYPD’s National Night Out.”