Three Shot in Flatbush Early Saturday Morning

Three men were shot on a Flatbush street, cops said.

The trio, ages 22, 25 and 26, were in front of an apartment building at Martense Street and Bedford Avenue when an unidentified suspect opened fire at about 6 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

The three suffered non-life-threatening wounds, cops said, and were being treated at Kings County Hospital.

Police are looking for a man who fled in a four-door sedan, who may have been the shooter, cops said.

Landau Synagogue Synagogue Bans Panhandlers From Property

A Brooklyn synagogue is giving panhandlers the bum’s rush, banning them inside and outside its building.
“No loitering, soliciting, panhandling. Violators will be prosecuted,” reads a sign outside Congregation Veretzky on East Ninth Street, often referred to as Landau Synagogue in Midwood.
Panhandlers were shocked.
“This is the first synagogue that I know of to ever do that,” said one beggar, who claimed to rake in up to $100 a day in front of the Orthodox synagogue.
Another beggar said synagogue staff have kicked panhandlers’ chairs, misted some with a mystery aerosol spray and even threatened bodily harm.
“I was told if I come in and take food, they were going to cut my beitzim off,” he said, using a Hebrew euphemism for male genitals.
“It’s disgusting. They treat you like animals, like you’re beneath a human being,” he said. “They just want to keep the money for themselves!”
The beggars, who appear to be predominantly Jewish, said Jewish law sanctions panhandling in synagogues and at events, including weddings, where food is often left for the needy.
Other synagogues around the city at least allow begging in the lobby, or at appointed times in the day, another beggar noted.
“Here they’re going against Jewish law, treating poor people badly,” the beggar said.
NY Post reached out to Veretzky’s rabbi, Yitzchok Landau, and no comment was available.

Weekend Bridge and Street Closures – July 19-20

The Brooklyn Bridge will be closed to Manhattan-bound traffic from 12:01 am Saturday to 6 am Monday. Motorists should consider the Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, or Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel (MTA-tolled facility) as alternate routes. Brooklyn-bound traffic will access the Brooklyn Bridge normally. There will be no reversal or change to the normal Brooklyn-bound traffic patterns on the Brooklyn Bridge. Exit 2 on the northbound FDR Drive (Brooklyn Bridge/Manhattan Civic Center) will be closed during the same period.

Mulberry Street between Canal Street and Broome Street and Hester Street between Mott Street and Baxter Street will be closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 5:30 pm to 9 pm for the Little Italy Pedestrian Mall.

The following streets will be closed on Saturday:
* Amsterdam Avenue between 96th Street and 106th Street in Manhattan will be closed from noon to 5 pm for the Valley Restoration LDC Amsterdam Avenue Festival.
* 7th Avenue between 10th Street and 13th Street in Brooklyn will be closed from noon to 5 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks 7th Avenue Summer.
* West Burnside Avenue between Davidson Avenue and Jerome Avenue in the Bronx will be closed from noon to 5:30 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Bronx Summer Walks on Burnside Avenue.
* Van Duzer Street between Beach Street and Wright Street on Staten Island will be closed from 1 pm to 6 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Van Duzer Days.

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed on Sunday:
* Broadway between 47th Street and 57th Street will be closed from 11 am to 6 pm for the Motion Picture Club Movie Day Festival.
* Mott Street between Canal Street and Chatham Square will be closed from 11 am to 4 pm for the DOT Weekend Walks Explore Chinatown Mid-Summer Festival.

The times listed for closures for street fairs are for the actual times of the street fairs themselves. The streets may be closed longer to allow for set-up and breakdown. Street fair organizers are generally permitted to begin set-up at 8 am and breakdown must be completed by 7 pm.

GunStoppers Detective Faked Gun Paperwork to Get $1K Reward

nypdwbProsecutors say a New York City detective invented a tip about an illegal gun then forged paperwork to collect a $1,000 reward.

Detective John Malloy was arraigned Thursday in Manhattan. He pleaded not guilty and was released. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call.

Prosecutors say that in November 2012 Malloy created a fake anonymous tip for an already-recovered 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

They say he forged the signature of his supervisors and another detective to claim the reward money.

Internal affairs officers investigated the case. Malloy’s been charged with official misconduct as well as multiple counts of forgery and filing a false instrument.

Court papers show Malloy told investigators he was having health problems and was under a lot of stress when he signed his colleagues’ names. (more…)

Eight People – Including Five Teenagers – Charged With Firearms Trafficking at Lafayette Gardens Houses

Lafayette_Houses_Kalb_Classon_jehKings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, together with New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton, today announced that eight people have been variously charged with selling firearms to undercover officers over the past 10 months during an undercover operation at Lafayette Gardens in Clinton Hill.

District Attorney Thompson said, “The honest and hardworking people who live in Lafayette Gardens should not have to share their sidewalks with gun dealers, whom we will now hold accountable despite their young ages.”

Commissioner Bratton said, “This investigation highlights the efforts of the law enforcement community to continue to work together to remove illegal guns from our streets and dismantle young crews who engage in senseless violence.”

The District Attorney said that the top defendant in the case, Aneudy Cruz, 19, who is charged in connection with 25 of the alleged gun sales, is accused of enlisting, among others, 16 and 17 year-old boys and girls to deliver the handguns to customers, who were in fact the under covers. Cruz, who faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, was arraigned yesterday in Brooklyn Supreme Court and ordered held without bail.

The District Attorney said that the investigation, which began in September 2013, included undercover police officers making multiple purchases of weapons, ranging in price from $600 for a Charter Arms Undercover .38 caliber revolver to $800 for a Hi-Point C9 9mm handgun to $1,100 for a Walther PK .380 caliber handgun. The under covers were able to purchase 30 operable guns, often in broad daylight, in the vicinity of Lafayette Gardens, which is bordered by Lafayette, Classon, DeKalb and Franklin Avenues.

The defendants, who were picked up by police yesterday, are variously charged with first-degree criminal sale of a firearm, a B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison; second-degree criminal sale of a firearm, a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, a D felony punishable by up to 7 years in prison and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon a C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected.

The District Attorney noted that on June 26, 2014, eight defendants were charged in connection with a narcotics trafficking investigation at Lafayette Gardens conducted by his office and the New York City Police Department.


Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Gives Sanitation Boss Tour of Sheepshead Bay Community

doscym2Trash problems and summer heat are a bad mix, and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz says the city needs to do something about the problem now before Sheepshead Bay’s vermin population starts to soar.

In an effort to address quality of life issues throughout his district, the lawmaker took New York City Department of Sanitation Borough Superintendent Joe Lupo on a tour of Sheepshead Bay yesterday afternoon.

He invited Lupo to his district because many residents have reached out to him about trash throughout the neighborhood. In addition to overall filth in Sheepshead Bay, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz told the superintendent about the overflowing trash bins on Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue, the state of the Sheepshead Bay Road underpasses by the train station and along Shore Parkway, as well as trash along the Emmons Avenue median and Ocean Avenue.

Noting that the beauty of Sheepshead Bay attracts tens of thousands of residents and visitors each year, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz has partnered in recent years with the Department of Sanitation in an effort to encourage area merchants along Sheepshead Bay Road to sign up for Adopt-a-Basket, Sanitation’s volunteer program, which would help prevent public garbage cans from overflowing all over our streets.

In surveying the community, Assemblyman Cymbrowitz and Superintendent Lupo both agreed that immediate action needs to be taken. “While providing an aesthetically pleasing setting will encourage more people to enjoy the stretch of our waterfront, we need to be vigilant in ensuring that our community remains clean,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz.

He said he looks forward to continuing to partner with the Department of Sanitation to address the problem.