By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The 13th Precinct Community Council celebrated the holidays this past Tuesday with a festive dinner in lieu of the regular monthly meeting.
The dinner, at Hane Sushi in Stuyvesant Town, was scheduled for the same evening as a number of “Impeachment Eve” protests across the country, including one that ended in Union Square after a march from Times Square.
Deputy Inspector Steven Hellman, commanding officer of the precinct, and Detective Vincent Arlotta both arrived at the dinner on time but left shortly after to provide support for the officers in Union Square, where more than 1,500 protesters were expected on Tuesday evening, the night before the House of Representatives was expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump.
Executive Officer Ernesto Castro also left the dinner early to help with the protest but not before thanking the Community Council members for their input at meetings throughout the year.
“The feedback that you’ve given to us in these meetings has helped us do better things for the community,” he said. “Neighborhood policing has been a productive initiative and we want you to continue to give [your Neighborhood Coordination Officers] your ideas and opinions.”
Castro added that he was disappointed to leave the party but that duty called.
“I was all dressed up to be here and have a good time,” he said. “But the job comes first.”
Community Council President Frank Scala also thanked attendees at the party for coming to the meetings throughout the year and wished members a happy holidays.