Assembly Member Barnwell wants to remind you about what to do should your property get damaged during a city project. This issue came up last night at a Zoom meeting with regard to the infamous sewer project but it pertains to any city project.
Anybody that suffers damage during construction, should immediately do/be aware of the following:
1) File a notice of claim with the NYC comptroller’s office within 90 days of the damage. However, note that the comptroller’s office takes a very long time to decide whether or not to approve your claim (THEY CAN DENY your claim) ALSO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT and NECESSARY that to preserve your claim, you must file a lawsuit in court against the City of New York within 1 year and 90 days of the damage. You should speak to an attorney regarding your claim/damages.
2) File a claim with DDC (Department of Design & Construction)
3) Ask DDC for the name of their contractor, and the insurance information of their contractor. File a claim with the contractor’s insurance company.
We just heard one of our members who said his car, that was parked in his driveway, was ransacked and a duffle bag full of dirty clothes was stolen. He said for some reason the car door was unlocked. This occurred at 5:00 am on the 108th Precinct side of Calamus Avenue.
Please check your car doors manually and don't trust the automatic lock mechanism because the same thing happened to one of our members on 70th Street not too long ago. His car was parked in the driveway and he was adamant his doors were locked. Don't leave anything visible inside the car.
FYI from Council Member Dromm
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Here below is a brief layout of crimes that happened this past week in our sector on the south side of Queens Blvd.
9/11/20- 11 am, in front of 51-16 Manilla St- Perpetrator stole a cell phone from a inside a vehicle. The vehicle door was left ajar and unattended.
9/11/20- Over night two burglaries of commercial vehicles (White work Vans) located at 80 St & 57 Ave and 52-22 Vanloon St.
9/10/20- Overnight, in front of 51-53 Codwise Pl an Amazon package was stolen from front porch.
9/11/20- Overnight a vehicle was parked in front of 81-17 Kneeland Ave and items were removed from vehicle.
Police Officer Christian Martinez
New York City Police Department
110 Precinct, Neighborhood Coordination Officer
PO Berish, 104th Community Affairs, confirmed that there was an attempted robbery in Maspeth yesterday. A female, about 60-years of age, was walking past 64 #s on 65th Place when a male attempted to rip a chain from her neck. He did not get the chain but she suffered a minor injury to the neck. The perpetrator fled and jumped on a motorcycle with another male. The perpetrator(s) are described as male blacks, about 21-years of age and one weighing about 150 lbs. The report was taken at 5:02 pm.
(If you're wearing an expensive necklace, don't leave it visible when walking in the neighborhood. It's a shame that we have to live on the defensive even in broad daylight. I also strongly suggest you don't carry anything in your purse that you don't want to lose. I'm surprised the perpetrator didn't try to steal her purse if she was carrying one.)
Someone reached out to me about 3 "muggings" that occurred yesterday in Maspeth. Supposedly two on the Plateau. PO Berish said the above incident was the only reported incident there. I happened to be listening to the police radio yesterday afternoon when the job came over. The call was made in the vicinity of Hamilton Place but the incident actually occurred at the above location. This might account for the confusion.
The second incident, which occurred at 73 #s on Grand Avenue was not a "mugging". It was an assault. Apparently a white female was exiting a cab when an Asian male, not known to the victim, punched her in the face. The 104th Precinct responded, did a canvas and arrested the male for Third Degree Assault at approximately 9:15 am.
Stay healthy and stay safe!
Roe Daraio, President
COMET Civic Association
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