City Press Bronx Report- December 21, 2004
At the Nov. 30 meeting of the 48th precinct Community Council, the
audience was told that crime is down, and that thered been no murders in the
previous week. The message was delivered by
the precincts executive officer; the commanding officer was not able to attend. After a lull, from the audience came this question:
What about the woman who was shot and killed on Bathgate back on November 20? That being ten days previous, the no murders
last week claim could still be made. But had the killing of Jasmine Pacheco,
19-years old and the mother of a 1-year old, been solved?
The answer, surprisingly, sounded akin to
blame the victim. Her friends were not truthful for twenty four hours, Captain
Duffy said. Theyd said she was standing in the street. In fact shed been
inside a car with three other people -- one of whom, Capt. Duffy said, was now thought to
have been the target. He was asked: any
suspects? Any arrests?
making some progress, he said, again emphasizing that the lack of candor -- nowhere
reported in the four New York dailies -- had not been helpful. He was asked about a
daytime shooting on Honeywell and 180th; his assistant responded that the
victim of that shooting had himself been arrested, for gun possession, and didnt
come from the 48th precinct anyway, but rather from a neighborhood in the West
were made about the decrease in last weeks crime (except for an increase in grand
larceny); the most recent CompStat data on the precincts Web site was, on the night
of Nov. 30, from the week of Oct. 18 though Oct. 24. A video was shown about the evils of
graffiti; a question was asked about Operation Clean Halls.
And then the meeting was over...
Another meeting, down in Manhattan:
December 20-21, 2004:
In twenty degree weather on Monday night, Gracie Mansion was the site of a
reception for New Yorks press corps. Open
bar, replete with martinis; cheese bread sticks and later Christmas cookies. There was
small shop talk about Guy Velella, slated to return to Rikers next week; there was the
Superintendent of Banks, gracious, referencing setting sights lower now that J.P. Morgan
Chase and HSBC have left state regs behind, then rooting on the Mayor as he strode by in a
cowboy hat (which concealed beneath it two other hats, including a Staten Island baseball
cap). The bar stopped serving in deference to the Mayor and his press secretary (who the
Mayor referred to as the original Pale Male, to some tittering in the audience). The Mayor gave gifts -- Mrs. Atkins
husbands book to New York 1, a calculator to Newsday (to figure out its
circulation), and a Knicks cap to Joyce Purnick, accompanied by jokes about the Dolans and
the Jets playoff chances. It felt like a
small and well-off city, with even the muckraking all among friends. Heading uptown on the M15 through East Harlem,
then Bx15 in The Bronx, the city felt difference. People were bundled up due to no heat on
the bus. People looked tired, coming home from
second jobs. Nothing was free, nothing was easy. The reporters fought for scoops, but only
rarely for the public good, only incidentally, as an after-thought or collateral damage.
Gracie Mansion has been beautifully redone. East
Harlem and The Bronx, less so.
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