13th Precinct Community Council to meet tonight

The April meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council has been rescheduled for April 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at 230 East 21st Street between Second and Third Avenues. The meeting was changed because the New York Primary Election was on April 19. All are welcome to attend.

Agenda is as follows:
I. Cop of the Month
II. Guest Speaker Jo-Ann Polise will discuss National Night Out Against Crime
III. Report from Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney
IV. Comments and questions from the community

The next meeting will be held on May 17.

Reckoning for state government

By former Assemblymember Steven Sanders

Once again the light is shining brightly on the Albany scene… and not in a good way. The last chapter of the saga of convicted Dean Skelos (former Senate Majority Leader) and convicted Shelly Silver (former Assembly Speaker) is about to be written as they are soon to be sentenced for their crimes and misdeeds as leaders of the State Legislature. In the meantime more unsavory information has come to light about the former speaker’s personal life and ways in which those relationships compromised the public trust. Undoubtedly both men will be sentenced to prison and maybe for a considerable length of time. The specter of these two legislative leaders being led off to incarceration is a profoundly sad day for New York State government.

For me personally it is enormously painful to watch. For the public it is more than a little disillusioning.

I served with both Dean and Shelly and consider them both to be friends. Shelly and I shared a close political relationship for all the 28 years that I served in the Assembly until 2006. My sense of unreality at what was going on just beyond the sight of their colleagues and just beneath the surface has shocked me. If I were still in the Assembly, would I have known? And If I had known what would I have said or done?

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Man arrested for shelter stabbing

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested 53-year-old William Smith in connection with a fatal stabbing at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter on Monday morning. The New York Post reported that William Smith, who was also wanted in the attempted robbery and slashing of a livery driver in Queens, was caught by police after getting off the train at Ditmars Boulevard and 31st Street in Astoria.

Marcus Guerreio, the 56-year-old man who was killed, was found inside the shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Friday at 8:26 a.m. Police were responding to a 911 call from the shelter about an unconscious man and when they arrived, they found that Guerreio was unresponsive and had a gash on his neck. An EMS team pronounced him dead at the scene.

In related news, Michael Durham, 49, was arrested the next day at 11 p.m. for a burglary at the 850-resident shelter following the stabbing.
Police said that Durham entered the deceased person’s room and stole some of his property.