Thursday, December 18, 2014

You're Invited To Roosevelt Island Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony At Blackwell House Saturday December 20 - Music, Dreidels, Hot Latkes & More

The Chabad Lubavitch of Roosevelt Island invite you to the Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony in front of Blackwell House this Saturday:

Please join us for the annual
Roosevelt Island
Family Public Menorah Lighting
Saturday Evening, December 20th
The 5th Chanukah Light
6:30 PM
In front of Blackwell House
Music!! Dreidels!! Hot Drinks!! Hot Latkes!! Doughnuts!! A Gift for all!! Chanukah Gelt!
For a free Menorah Set
Please contact

Also, Nechama Duchman shares these pictures

Image From Nechama Duchman

of children building

Image From Nechama Duchman

their own Chanukah Menorahs

Image From Nechama Duchman

and reports:
Children and adults had a great time and showed their creative side at Home Depot at 59th Street, building and painting their own Menorahs in preparation for Chanukah
Happy Chanukah!!!!!


NotMyKid said...

It does not take 45 minutes to walk down the stairs.

30 minutes is on average per vertical.

What do you want the officers to do? Count the stairs?

Frank Farance said...

NotMyKid: 65 minutes patrol time for PSD Deputy Director Marmara, who accompanied one of the senior officers here (IH) on patrol last night. Blows McManus's stats out of the water, right?

AshleyMcCormick said...

23+ vertical patrols per day in Eastwood? NO WAY! And whatever patrolling the officers do, it's not in the middle of the night, when it's most needed. Rather during the afternoon when they need a quiet spot to relax or make their phone calls. For the rest, weed smell all over the place, even in the apartments of people that don't smoke; styrofoam containers and food leftovers thrown on the carpet; urine in corridor corners. So, no, PSD didn't do 8738 vertical patrols in Eastwood ytd.
While we're at it, I'd like to bring up the issue of PSD officers not being able to give chase to a perp due to the fact they're, um, not fit, to put it mildly. I've seen it first-hand on the stretch leading to the subway station last Friday night Dec. 12 before 8pm. Two officers were running after 2 or, maybe, 3 teens. Not a long run, mind you. One of the officers fared better but the second one had to stop in the middle of the chase, completely out of breath. Fortunately, one of the teens got apprehended in the subway station by police officers. While it's admirable that PSD does not differentiate based on 'physical condition', there are jobs where one must be able to perform certain tasks, in this case, run after delinquents and, at the very least, try to catch them. Dropping out of a chase because one isn't able to run is not an option in this line of work.
Thank God for walkie-talkies, right?!

CheshireKitty said...

Many law enforcement agencies have physical fitness testing requirements for applicants. The NYS Police academy requires recruits to pass a physical fitness test as a condition of graduation. academy

We don't know if the RIPSD has a similar physical fitness test for recruits, or if, once PSOs are hired, they are ever re-tested.

Frank Farance said...

Ms. McCormick, if PSD DIrector McManus were able to use a calculator as good as you, his numbers would fail a Sanity Check. But McManus absolutely firm these numbers are valid, even when I questioned that the seemed high. FYI, the number is 26+ a day (not 23 because the numbers are January-November, see video 0:10 when McManus says December numbers aren't included).

What we learned is both McManus and Marmara are out of touch with what their force is doing. Think of your building super and the staff: if someone told them that porters were emptying out the AVAC rooms 26+ times a day, of course the super would know that is wrong because the super has some sense of how much effort that really takes.

For RIOC/PSD, their executives have no sense that their numbers aren't even in the ballpark. With purportedly 26+ vertical patrols in Eastwood every day, you'd think that an executive might say Hmm, That's A Lot Of Staffing We're Committing.

And maybe that executive might think: we're doing a task 26 times a day that takes well over 2 hours to do each time the task is done, something isn't right here. (This is another kind of Sanity Check that McManus failed to do with his stats.)

PSD Deputy Director Marmara was in Island House last night to accompany the patrol, which took 65 minutes. So adjusting my numbers accordingly (multiplying by 1.444), that would put about 4.5 officers (of their 6-8 officers available for patrol on each shift) doing WIRE building vertical patrols. Something isn't right with RIOC/PSD's numbers.

But McManus is absolutely firm about his records. Bad executive leadership from Indelicato, McManus, and Marmara: they don't want to listen. However, State employees and
misrepresentations in records? Can't be a happy ending.

CheshireKitty said...

If you are referring to IH, each wing has 19 stories. So, even if a vertical patrol in IH = a vertical patrol of one wing (and I do not think that's what it means - instead, I think it means both wings, plus the 3rd building toward the river) I do not see how someone could take the elevator up to 19, walk the halls on each floor, walk down the stairs, and do it all in 30 minutes. Those are long hallways on some of those floors - the person would have to be sprinting down the stairs and almost running along the hallways to complete a vertical patrol of one wing in 30 minutes. I do think it takes more than a minute to climb down the stairs, and walk the hall on each floor. So doing one wing might take 45 minutes - doing the entire building, all 3 buildings that comprise IH, it may take up to 2 hours.

If the Public Safety Department could provides internal patrols of the buildings at a minimum of one patrol per eight (8) hour shift - which is what it is supposed to do - that would mean it's on the premises patrolling IH about 6 hours a day (24 hours). I would be happy with that - even if the building is relatively safe, it would be reassuring to know that a cop is nearby patrolling somewhere in the complex for 6 hours a day. Is that asking too much? The complex are like vertical cities - the halls "the streets." Can't we have PSOs patrolling the complexes the way they are supposed to at least once per every 8 hour shift, like the police patrol the streets - if only to reassure the public?

It's extremely distressing that the PSD officials are insisting on patrol numbers that are patently wrong (inflated) because doing so simply causes the public to mistrust them. I do not think we are asking too much - just that these minimum number of daily patrols as stipulated in the agreements with the buildings are performed. If an officer is pulled off a patrol for some reason such as an emergency matter elsewhere, then the patrol must be completed later. I definitely agree with Frank on that.

There has to be honesty in the records of the patrols. Maybe a watch clock system is needed.