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NYPD Paperwork Stalls Purchase of New Police Vehicles

NYPD Paperwork Stalls Purchase of New Police Vehicles

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New York Daily News via YellowBrix

April 14, 2010

The NYPD is sitting on $103,000 slated for new vans for southern Brooklyn auxiliary cops, a state lawmaker has charged.

The state funds for the four vans have gathered dust for four years because Police Department officials have not filled out paperwork, while Coney Island and East Flatbush precincts expecting the vehicles for volunteer cops have seen crime increase this year.

“To be caught in bureaucratic red tape for my community is very frustrating,” said Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein (D-Canarsie) who secured $53,000 in 2006 to buy vans for both East Flatbush’s 67th Precinct and Canarise’s 63rd Precinct.

Former Assemblywoman Adele Cohen had locked up $50,000 to buy two more vans for her Coney Island district – which has experienced a 3.4% rise in crime since the beginning of the year.

Crime is up 5.7% in East Flatbush this year and has fallen 1.8% in Canarsie, according to NYPD statistics.

“Each van would make a big difference … police vehicles increase visibility at a time when we have a shrinking force. It could serve as a deterrent,” said Weinstein, who added auxiliary cops in her district now sometimes patrol on foot or use outdated vehicles.

NYPD Auxiliary Deputy Chief Tony Christo wrote in a 2006 letter to Weinstein that vehicles used by the volunteer cops were “not sufficient or often out of service.”

NYPD officials never completed the forms to buy the vans, said a state Dormitory Authority spokesman. The agency reviews government purchases such as the vans.

Weinstein said Police Department brass have told her they want to spend the money elsewhere.

“They would prefer for me to say, ’Here’s some money, do what you want with it,’” Weinstein said, who balked at the the idea. “Either the money goes into my community or, if it’s not needed, I’ll find other uses for it.”

NYPD officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Civic activists in Coney Island were outraged that the NYPD has let the money go to waste.

“This is to save lives and the money is just sitting there,” said Community Board 13 member Pat Singer. “Where’s the man with the big scissors to cut through the red tape and get this job done?”

  • 21_max50


    over 4 years ago


    This is unfortunate, I hope that they get the money

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Bureaucratic bumbling, again, and guess who suffers for it ?? The auxilary officers, and the public, as a result.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The bureaucratic mindset...................

  • Thinker_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Bureaucratic BS...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Actually, it sounds like the usual total screw-up by... Well, you guess it...

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago



  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    That sounds like a total waste, if they have been given the money for that task, then use it. They save money on what they would have spent on it later.

    Thanks fplasencia for the information. Sometimes I kind of wish the brass would go work with everyone else sometimes. So they would know what's going on.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    This is close. Extremely close to me...
    Not only because I was an Auxiliary, but because this is my Command: Brooklyn South. In fact, I used to drive Chief Tony Christo when I was an APO, and did so even as a SGT.

    I still remember that occasion I have to go see Chief Fox in person because we didn’t have a RMP for the Park Task Force Detail, and he gave the order for me to get a Borough Patrol Car at the 6-7.

    Thanks to top brass like Chief Fox we managed to get by when it came to patrol vehicles. I have the highest regard for his leadership and understanding of the problems faced by Auxiliary Forces.

    I had the honor of participating in many details under his command. In this picture, Chief Fox is Second Row, far left. Then Auxiliary Deputy Chief Tony Christo, right next to him. I am Second Row far right, as a SGT.

    At the WTC Detail Ceremony I spoke to Deputy Chief Christo again about the Park Task Force, which was going nowhere at that point, for lack of transportation.

    Aux/Deputy Chief Chisto… Well, I will just say that he got so high up with the top brass that he forgot he was once on patrol… Other than that, I will just hold the rest…

    The bureaucracy within the NYPD is such that it may even be beyond comprehension for some here. Nothing new to me, to say the truth.

    All my years in the Auxiliary Forces, I wonder where does the funds allocated by the Federal Government for the Auxiliary Program go… Surely not to the Officers on patrol… And this is no small change… With over 4,000 Auxiliaries in the rolls, the NYPD receives millions in Federal Grants for this program.
    The "Uniform & Equipment Allowance" Check received on December by Auxiliary Officers barely covers the purchase of a single outfit. (As of 2004, I don’t know if it has increased, but I doubt it)

    Recently, Auxiliaries were issued Vests only after the tragic death of two Officers in Manhattan gunned down execution style.

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