Pct. 121 Holds in Person Community Council Meeting Leaving Optimism for A Brighter Tomorrow
On June 9, 2021, Pct. 121, located in the Grantville section of Staten Island held its final Community Council meeting in person. Mendy Mirocznik, President of the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island, and Ari Weiss, COJO Security Chairman, and Coordinator of Staten Island Shomrim represented COJO at the Community Council Meeting.
As always, important security issues were addressed at the meeting. “The significance of tonight’s meeting is that we see optimistically a close to Covid and the start of a return to normalcy,” stated Chief Frank Vega, Staten Island Borough Commander, “and with that change we prepare for the start of a new leaf in our lives and a new vibrancy. With that vibrancy the police have a responsibility and a commitment to public safety that willow allow the public the safety they deserve to enjoy this positive transition.”
Inspector Bruce Ceparano, Commanding Officer of Pct. 121, congratulated Officer Gurpinar and Officer McKeon on receiving the Cop of the Month Award for the month of May. “After an armed commercial robbery was committed , these courageous officers conducted a through canvas for the vehicle and safety caught all 3 criminals. We can only imagine the criminal activity that these officers prevented with the arrest of these three criminals they truly added to the public safety.”
Mendy Mirocznik, President of COJO made the benediction and also addressed the Community Council. “I have to thank Chief Vega and Inspector Ceparano. This past year of Covid has been a challenge for Staten Island. However, thanks to the careful skill of the police under the command of Chief Vega and Inspector Ceparano not one house of worship has been vandalized or broken into. What we find disturbing is the anti-Semitic and racist vandalism and graffiti as well as verbal incidents that has transpired during the course of Covid. In response to these concerns the NYPD together with Ari Weiss and his Shomrim have beefed up patrols and made a strong police presence. This presence has calmed the situation bringing a feeling of safety to the residents of Staten Island.
We at COJO appreciate our relationship with Chief Vega and Inspector Ceparano and through building trust we have the confidence that will overcome these challenges.”
Chief Vega, commented, “the work of COJO in unifying Staten Island prior to Covid was enormous and has only been strengthened over Covid. This bond was seen strong at District Attorney Michael McMahon’s press conference and rally against anti-Semitism and racism held at Borough Hall. Thanks to COJO elected officials from all parties and people from all walks of life gathered to say, there is no room for ant-Semitism nor hate on Staten Island. To this I credit COJO, its leadership team, Mendy Mirocznik, Scott Maurer and Ari Weiss for being the great unifier that brings the borough together as one. It is thanks to the great civic organizations that Staten Island has such as COJO we transitioning into a positive more optimistic tomorrow. Thank you COJO for taking that lead. We would not be where we are without your support, participation and enthusiasm.”