Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to have neighborhood members play a significant position in choosing the chief of their native police precinct proved to be “a farce” in a single Bronx neighborhood, a City Councilman charged.
Rafael Salamanca, a Democrat who represents the South Bronx, stated the selection of the native nominating committee was ignored in selecting the following commander of the forty first Precinct.
The seven-member delegation, which included these from the Precinct Community Council, the Community Board chair and different native representatives, spent the complete day on the NYPD’s headquarters evaluating the candidates and rating them.
The committee’s high decide was Capt. Yerlin Moya, however Police Commissioner Dermot Shea selected Capt. Anthony Mascia for the job.
Salamanca blasted the NYPD management in a press release he tweeted, saying that they had didn’t live as much as their motto of “Courtesy, Professionalism. Respect” after they requested for the neighborhood’s enter.
“The process is a farce,” Salamanca instructed The Post. “If you’re going to ask the community to participate then go along with what the community’s asking.”
He stated he didn’t need to bash the brand new commander, however the mayor and police commissioner wanted to “listen to local stakeholders.”
“Until then, the mayor’s January announcement is what it is, another good headline devoid of any meaningful action,” he stated.
De Blasio in January stated that as one measure to make the town safer and deepen “the bonds between police and community,” members of precinct neighborhood councils — civilians who act as liaisons between the cops and neighborhood — would interview candidates.
“This is unprecedented in the history of NYPD,” Hizzoner stated. “We’re bringing the voices of the community forward to determine who would be the right leader. … It’s going to improve dialogue, it’s going to improve accountability, it’s going to give folks a sense of real, real buy-in.”
He famous on the time that the commissioner would nonetheless make the final word determination.
The NYPD had gone with the native nominating committee’s alternative 20 occasions since April when the brand new course of began, deviating solely on the selection for the forty first Precinct.
“In accordance with the new process, community feedback was collected and remains an important part of the precinct commander selection process,” an NYPD spokeswoman stated. She couldn’t say why the committee decide was ignored this time.
A City Hall consultant stated “Commanding officers are nominated based on their merits, and we’re proud that community input plays such a central role.”