Today’s news:

FDNY, Parks working on Totten security plan: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R−Bellerose) said the city Parks Department is planning to coordinate with the NYPD and FDNY to provide some sort of security at Bayside’s Fort Totten following the FDNY’s recent decision to terminate its private security services at the park.

Padavan, who joined more than 40 northeast Queens residents outside the fort earlier this month to protest the lapse in security, sent a letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg to express his concern that the historic park could be vulnerable to vandalism, arson or graffiti if security is not provided at the site.

He said Queens Park Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski assured him that the department would schedule meetings with the FDNY and NYPD to collaborate on some form of security at the fort.

“There’s no doubt they’ll do something,” Padavan said. “We’ll determine whether we think their plan is satisfactory once it’s completed. I got the impression that it would be soon.”

The FDNY announced last month that it was handing over security to Flushing’s 109th Precinct on March 1 when the department’s contract expired amid budget constraints.

For the past two years, the fort had been guarded by FDNY members who occupied a booth at its entrance gate. Detective Kevin O’Donnell, a spokesman for the 109th Precinct, said police would not stand guard outside the fort and at most would send a squad car to occasionally patrol its perimeters.

An FDNY spokesman said the department had spent $650,000 a year for security at the fort, bounded by the Long Island Sound and the Cross Island Parkway. It is home to several groups, an NYPD K−9 unit, an emergency services unit and an EMS academy.

— Nathan Duke

Pin It
Print this story Permalink

Reader Feedback

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not TimesLedger.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to TimesLedger.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

CNG: Community Newspaper Group