Folks, call Sgt Vinny at the number he gave you. He will respond to your problem with the bikers. He's proven this time and again. Nailing these guys is a process. But the newer heavier fines are in place, starting a $1,000 a pop, so now the cops have the legislation/laws to support their efforts. And thanks to everyone who has called and acted to stop this #1 public nuisance.
I agree with Sgt. Vinnie that all sides on this issue have been heard from and we should close the issue. Ownership and management are clearly aware of our concerns and know the facts. Hopefully this will result in less criminal activity in the area soon. Thanks for everyone's input and if another incident does arise please start a new thread.
we ARE the city. :)
event is over
event long since over.
I have to agree with the post from Smart above, Diana. You've had plenty of time on this job and you've shown serious neglect. From the area residents, to the corner store managers, to the police..are all in agreement about your selection of tenants being the number one problem in this part of Fair Haven Heights. I'll take you at your word on your philanthropic efforts elsewhere, but that has zero to do with our day to day reality in our neighborhood. The deli is still selling loose cigarettes. How many times have we complained about that? There have been TWO armed robberies at the deli, one where the thief SHOT his way back out thru the door he managed to lock himself in with. And i've only seen cameras INSIDE Ziggy's and the deli. The narcotics sgt at our Blockwatch meeting last night said that outside highly visible security cameras would be the number one deterrent to this activity. And the things you list as seemingly wonderful that the owners have done are in fact the bare minimum the owners should be doing to the keep the area safe. Grand Vin, an absolutely wonderful tenant, is hanging in there by the smallest of margins. Why not install outdoor cameras there NOW to deter all the criminal activity they see on their sidewalk daily? And to be clear, the people complaining about your tenants and management decisions are people of all colors and income levels as well. I know, I've met them. I find it shameful that you would attempt to play the race card in defense of your management responsibilities. As a neighborhood, we're fed up with excuses. Our collective families basic right to safety is under constant threat from your poor decisions. We will not be deterred from seeking a safe environment for our children and love ones.
Uralla, exactly what you're asking people to do...WE HAVE DONE. A fair number of us have called Diana and asked her to be more careful of who she rents to. That request was after she rented to a known drug dealer where she failed to do even the simplest of background checks. Now the tenants seem even worse. Ask any of the cops who patrol in our area. Ask the guys at Grand Vin. A number of us have called the owners directly to appeal for action. We have and are taking action. And if you want to join it, and not 'acting childish' on this forum as you call it, then come to the meeting tonight. My name is Larry and I run the block watch. Sgt Vinny will be there as well.
I run the blockwatch for this area. I did stop last week to talk to the guys at Grand Vin. I agree it's touch and go as far as them staying. I did inform them of the support for the store here on SCF. That made them happy. And they showed me the list of license plate numbers they've given to the police to help keep track of what's going on. I'll pop in today on my way home to and invite them to the meeting as well. And Sgt Vinnie will be at the block watch meeting on Thursday 7pm at the Friends Center on East Grand. And children are welcome.
The owners of this property are Will DeBonis, a dentist in NYC and Carl Youngman, a Boston business man. We must assert pressure on them to get rid of the property manager, Diana Nastri. They both are decent men who had the misfortune of going into business with Joel Schiavonne. They are unfortunately far enough removed that they don't see the day to day reality of the blight created Diana's mismanagement. Will is the more involved of the two. Will's office number in NYC is 212-333-2650. Please be respectful when calling. If you do get connected, stress the need for him to replace the property manager. Collectively, and persistently, we can make this happen.
i'd also like a physical description, serious only thank you!, of Cracker Jack. Just so I can alert the cops properly and what not.
Hi Mo. This blockwatch, officially BlockWatch 9-39 to the NHPD, has been fairly successful. Folks got organized and helped get behind the new legislation that Malloy just signed to seriously penalize the dirt bikes. And Sgt. Vinnie has been a great supporter and definitely responds to our concerns. Just curious, how is life at Grand Vin apartments these days? I hear things are dicey at times. Hope you are okay.
Note to the folks who live around Quinnipiac & Grand. We're planning on having a block watch meeting on Thursday, July 25th at 7pm. It might be at the Friends Center or Pilgrim Churck, I'll update on the location tomorrow at the latest. And this drug dealing issue will be issue #1. Sgt. Vinny has been invited as usual.
I for one appreciate the heads up. It reminds me to be more alert and to start updating Sgt. Vinny as soon as I see something. Commenting about illegal activity here is one way to start making our neighborhood a much safer place to live.
By the blue house, do you mean the house that also contains the convenience store? Just trying to clarify which house.
Contrary to some folks beliefs on this issue, Sgt Vinnie does have our backs on this. And when the new laws kick in with the heavier fines and longer detainment of confiscated bikes, the NHPD will finally have the tools they've so desperately needed to battle back. The bikers found a particular niche to exploit for the past few years and that niche is about to be crushed within a few months.
Sgt Vinnie in our district, 9th, is very responsive to this type of issue. They keep an eye on this area. If the warmer weather is increasing the drug traffic then we need to monitor the cars (make & model), license plates and individuals. I pledge to do my part in this as well and start the monitoring again as I did last fall. If we all make this a priority, we will make it better.
Yes, the store, Diana, the owners and Sgt Anastasio have all been approached on this issue for the last year. As a matter fact the block watch i now head, Block Watch 9-39, was formed partly in response to the problems created by this store. I did call the owner yesterday and left a message that things were only getting worse, not better. It's very frustrating, but i hope to talk to Sgt. Anastasio when he comes back from vacation and approach Diana, AGAIN, about the ongoing issues there.
meeting was conducted and this issue is now over.
Thanks to all who attended. We had a great discussion with Jim Travers and addressed a number of issues within Fair Haven Heights. I'll send out an update to all in a bit. And a big thank you to the Pilgrim Church for being such gracious hosts. thanks, Larry.
meeting has taken place. thanks again to everyone who attended.