Published: Autumn 1997
SIDEWALK COMMUNICATIONS ENHANCE NEIGHBORHOOD
The Association for a Better New York and the New York City
Police Department launched a neighborhood security system
in Manhattan two decades ago, creating Operation Interlock
south of 59th Street and Operation Interwatch north of 59th
Street. Now, helped by funding from the Queens Borough President's
Office, QueensWatch is being launched. These programs enable
participants to report emergencies to a dedicated central
base station via walkie-talkie.
Each system is monitored around the clock by a police officer who re-broadcasts
emergencies over NYPD radio to affect a quick response. If your cooperative
or condominium is located in these boroughs, your building staff can be
trained to participate in this program.
|Jo-Ann Polise of Operation Interwatch, Operation Interlock gave
a presentation at the 1998 Annual Meeting.
Each participating building must purchase a walkie-talkie
at a cost of approximately $1,100 and subscribe to the program
at an annual fee of $365 -- just a dollar a day. Your walkie-talkie
links your building directly to the Central Base Station monitored
by the Police 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The calls bypass
911 and are immediately relayed to police, fire department
or emergency medical services for a timely response to your
Training is available to all building personnel at no extra charge. A
New York City police officer provides instructions on proper reporting
procedures and other security techniques. To protect the integrity of
the system and maximize its effectiveness, training is mandatory for anyone
who will be using the walkie-talkie.
For additional information, or to register for Operation
Interwatch, Operation Interlock or QueensWatch, contact Program
Director Jo-Ann Polise at the Association for a Better New
York at (212) 370-5986.
On Thursday, January 15, 1998, CNYC will hold a workshop
on security for your building and your neighborhood. Jo-Ann
Polise and NYPD Detective Lou Uliano will discuss ways of
enhancing the safety of your building and your community.
BUILDING POLICY ON GARBAGE DISPOSAL UNITS
The City Council has recently passed legislation permitting
the installation of garbage disposal units in sinks in apartment
buildings in New York City. CNYC is concerned about the possible
detrimental effect of these units on the plumbing of older
buildings, particularly if they are installed by do-it-yourselfers.
Your cooperative or condominium should carefully research
this issue before deciding whether to permit disposal units
to be installed. It is appropriate at this time to remind
all residents that permission is required for the use of such