This past Monday evening a Tzedaka function was held in the Marine Park section of Flatbush – outside a well-known kosher restaurant. To accommodate the large crowd expected, a big tent was placed at the end of residential street, with ample seating for everyone.
Residents of the block immediately began calling the NYPD, Local Community Board and the local politicians complaining about the tent being placed on the corner of their street.
Despite the fact that the tent was placed adjacent to the restaurant and directly across the street from a public school [thereby not blocking any private driveways, or property], the residents repeatedly called 911 and 311 demanding that the tent be removed immediately.
Despite the fact that the residents were told that the tent would only be there for a few hours, and that this was a charitable function, the complaints continued – forcing the police to request that the tent be dismantled.
YWN spoke exclusively with organizers of the event and charity who said that despite fears that the tent being removed would ruin the event, Boruch Hashem it was not so – and the community turned out in large numbers; supporting the Tzedakah both in numbers, and funds. Initial figures indicate that the event raised at least $10,000 more than previous years.
Organizers expressed their appreciation to NYPD Brooklyn South Chief Fox, Lieutenant Scott Belford, Lieutenant Jim Woods, (and their staff), as well as Inspector Cangiarella of the 63rd precinct and his officers for working with the organizers to ensure that the event was disrupted as minimally as possible.
Much thanks must be given to Lieutenant Scott Belford and Lieutenant Woods and 63 Precinct Community Affairs Division – for remaining on the scene throughout the event to ensure that there were no further disruptions. Additionally, it should be noted that Chief Fox went above & beyond the call of duty – as he came down to the event prior and after to personally assure that the disruptions were as minimal as possible. The chief & his Lieutenant’s were at the location until close to midnight.
Additionally, people attending the event expressed their disappointment with a local State Senator – who demanded that the tent be removed, instead of taking the opportunity to try and mediate a compromise between organizers and local residents. YWN attempted to contact the senators press secretary, but was unsuccessful.
(Moshe Altusky – YWN)