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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Roosevelt Island Drug Use - Public Safety Says They Are Aware Of Problem and Increasing Patrols


According to a June 10 report submitted to the RI 311 See Click Fix System:
I have noticed an increasing number of baggies near the 40 River Road bus stop and in the park circled by River Road. Please increase patrols to discourage drug use in this are.
The Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) responded to the report:
Issue Closed

Public Safety will increase patrol of the area in question, as they are aware of the situation.
Yesterday, I sent the following message to RIOC Public Safety Department Director Keith Guerra:
The 6/12 - 13 Public Safety report indicated:
Arrest- Unlawful Dealing with child/Criminal Possession of Marijuana - PSD arrested the subject
Can you provide any additional information regarding this incident? How old was the child, where did this occur, when and any other relevant context. There is no need for any names of those involved.

Thank you.
RIOC's Press Spokesperson replied:
Here is the additional information that we can provide you:

Date: Tuesday June 12, 2012
Time: 6:42PM
Location: Rear of 900 Main St.
Injuries: None
The Roosevelt Island 24 Hour Public Safety reports are published daily and archived on Roosevelt Islander sidebar.

80 comments :

Susan Shields Arcelay said...

yesterday, at about 11 am I followed a woman in her 30's or 40's down main street by Westview-she was smoking pot like it was a cigarette.  She was dressed as though she was returning from a nursing job.  As she got to the entrance of Westview, she stopped between the pillars to casually finish smoking her joint.  REALLY people? on the sidewalk, broad daylight? OBVIOUSLY she felt there was NO concern of being apprehended or arrested for smoking an illegal substance 100 yards from a PUBLIC SCHOOL!!! Pubic Safety needs to step it up.  

Anonymous said...

The obvious question is, why didn't u notify PSD, so they could have arrested the woman? A zero tolerance approach is needed!!

YetAnotherRIer said...

Wake me up when we are actually talking about real drugs. All this fuss over pot?

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

AMEN!

JPH19 said...

 Yes, because what we need is more arrests of individual pot smokers.

NYCIslander said...

Because maybe some of us don't want pot or any other illegal activity where we live or near our kids.

NYCIslander said...

For someone who runs a reputable business on the island I have to say your comment was quite disturbing. AMEN to people smoking pot. Maybe we should have all the pot smokers hang out at Riverwalk. I hope Alfonso doesn't share your view.

bakgwailo said...

 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/05/nyregion/mayor-supports-plan-to-change-marijuana-arrest-policy.html?_r=1&pagewanted=all

YetAnotherRIer said...

What the hell? Business people are not allowed to criticize the current drug laws? Business people have to conform to a certain way of thinking (conveniently to yours)?

YetAnotherRIer said...

Yes, some of you. It seems, though, that especially here in NYC, and now with the mayor's support (see link provided by bakgwilo below) pot is more tolerated than at some other places. Now, would you like to see alcohol and nicotine kept as far as possible from you and your kids as well? As a logical extension of your attitude towards weed, I'd say that's a big yes, right?

In my eyes, pot is just as annoying as cigarettes or drunkards (I don't smoke, I don't use pot, and drink rarely) and I don't need government to make my surroundings tolerable. What makes you so scared of pot users? They are the least harmless compared to say, drunken people.

NYCIslander said...

 Learn to read, he wasn't criticizing the drug laws, he was in essence praising the use of illegal drug use.  I don't give a crap about the debate over drug laws but as it stands the comment Sal made was saying AMEN to someone who said it was ok to go ahead and use pot in front of a residential building.  Let them use it in front of Riverwalk instead, & guess what if someone calls the police and the respond & he thinks that's good for his business, then so be it. 

NYCIslander said...

 As I said in your earlier reply, I don't care about whether it should be illegal or legal.  It's illegal now whether you like it or not & I don't want any activity that is subject to police responding, arrests being made, quality of life being affected where I live.  If you are ok what that, then have all of the pot heads hang out in front of where you live. 

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

NYCIslander, with all due respect, you need to learn to read. Please do no get my comment twisted. You are making a broad assumption off of 1 word. I agree no one should be smoking anywhere outside especially around schools or your childern.  It is an illegal substance.  I was saying amen to YETAnotherRIer's comment and the fact that pot smoking in general isn't as big an issue as many people make of it. Our Gov. Cuomo as well as NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly are pushing for the decriminalization of possession of Marijuana in amounts less than 25 grams. It is already decriminalized or legal "medicinally" in 19 states. It's 2012 people, open your eyes and your minds. TO REPEAT for all of you who want to get your panties in a bunch about my AMEN comment, I am not condoning people smoking in our neighborhood or around your children, I was simply agreeing with YetAnotherRIer's comment that there are much bigger drugs to be concerned about like bath salts and people eating other people's faces off while high on them. Pot smokers just eat Twinkies.

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

Alfonso only drinks Cosmopolitans.

YetAnotherRIer said...

AMEN!

YetAnotherRIer said...

Lucky for you the city is pushing for not arresting people when found to be in possession of small amount. That should calm your worries a bit, right?

Marissa Leigh said...

NYC Islander, he clearly was not stating that at all. There is no reason for you to run off and make this what it is clearly not. He only meant that Public Safety should focus more on other problems than one or two people smoking small amounts of weed. 

NYCIslander said...

 Yes, Public Saftety should focus on all the rapes & murders that take place on the Island. 

NYCIslander said...

 Pot smoking may not be a big deal but that doesn't mean I have to want it where I live.  I couldn't care less whether you respect that or not.  Yeah, lets have Public Safety go after the face eaters of the Island b/c that is a real problem here. 

Marissa Leigh said...

No but maybe they should focus on the break ins of the cars in the parking garage, the gangs that apparently hang out there late at night, the broken alcohol bottles all over the riverside, and the crazy people from the hospital walking around cursing and  yelling mumbo-jumbo.

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

In your sarcasm you are proving a point that Public Safety is doing a great job, keeping us safe from such terrible crimes as rape and murder.  That is what you are implying right? That there are no rapes or murders here? Just checking. 

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

Oh and don't forget I am a resident of the island as well as a business owner here. No one wants whats best for the Island more than me.

NYCIslander said...

 Good, so let them smoke all the pot that they want in front of where you live and we will all be happy

NYCIslander said...

 Oh yes, because Roosevelt Island leads the City in rapes & murders

NYCIslander said...

 I'd love to know how many of the so called "pot smokers" are also responsible for those crimes as well...look, if you don't have an issue with people smoking pot in front of where you live, good for you.  Live & be free

theohiostate said...

Instead of following her, getting a contact high off the second hand smoke, maybe you should have called Public Safety...

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

EXACTLY!! There are no rapes or murders here! You are proving that Public Safety IS doing a great job. It's difficult to talk to you if you are not going to be able to follow the conversation. 

Salvatore Anthony Hoo said...

Once again you are not paying attention to anything I have said in response to you, making this very frustrating so i'll repeat it AGAIN. I do not think ANYONE should be smoking ANYWHERE. Not in front of where you live, not in front of where I live or do business. Pay attention please. It would make these discussions way more efficient.

NYCIslander said...

But if people do choose to smoke pot, people shouldn't complain or waste Public Safety's time because it's just pot right? Wasn't that what your AMEN was for? Sounds to me like I'm paying attention & you want to have it both ways.

NYCIslander said...

Oh yeah, it has nothing to do with demographics & other social/economic issues of who live here. I get it, if Public Safety starts cracking down on pot smoking there will be a sudden spike of crime on the Island. Public Safety is paid to enforce ALL illegal activity. I'm trying not to laugh at your suggestion that no major crimes happen here b/c of PSD

Mark Lyon said...

I've always thought he was a contemplative Mint Julep sort of fellow.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Just because somebody doesn't want something to happen doesn't mean that we want the police or the PSD go after them and arrest them. It is possible to separate those two things.

YetAnotherRIer said...

Does it matter if you want it or not? This is about should the PSD go after pot smokers, i.e. waste money and their time on something that is just not preventable (or doesn't make sense at all to prevent). Is the result worth the money, time, and effort?

Jesse Webster said...

Please, don't feed the trolls.

NYCIslander said...

This is what PSD is paid for.  You can choose not to call them if peole are smoking pot in front of where you live but I can & will.  If some guy high on pot gets behind the wheel of a car and mows somebody down, I hope you will call PSD for that.

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