Staten Island Celebrates National Night Out Against Crime at Turtle Circle at Midland Beach

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Names Left to Right, Ari Weiss, COJO, security chairman, and coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim; Commissioner Dermot Shea; and Mendy Mirocznik, president, COJO

Turtle Circle at Midland Beach was fill of excitement and joy as droves of Staten Islanders joined the NYPD to celebrate the National Night Out Against Crime. Mendy Mirocznik, president, Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations, (COJO), and Ari Weiss, COJO security chairman and coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim, represented COJO at this important event.

) Names Left to Right, Officer Kalman Witriol, Pct. 121; Mendy Mirocznik, president, COJO; Chief Charles McEvoy, executive officer, Patrol Borough Staten Island; Ari Weiss, COJO, security chairman, and coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim; and Captain Andrey Smirnov, commanding officer, Pct. 123

“National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships to help make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. It seeks to strengthen the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement, fostering a true sense of community. Fortunately, this year with the easing of the Covid restrictions we were able to once again appreciate and enjoy National Day Out Against Crime,” stated Chief Frank Vega, Staten Island Borough Commander.

“We were once again fortunate to enjoy barbeque and bounce houses, face painting, food, and fun. Meet leaders and personnel from the local precincts and interact with neighbors, community members, and local businesses with the common goal of partnership and safety,” something that we should never take for granted and always cherish and look forward to,” remarked, Deputy Chief Charles McEvoy, the executive officer, of Patrol Borough Staten Island.

Names Left to Right, Captain Andrey Smirnov, commanding officer, Pct. 123; Jon Sollazzo, retired Fire Fighter; Chief Charles McEvoy, executive officer, Patrol Borough Staten Island; Pastor Dr. David Watson, Clergy Liaison, Pct. 121; Captain Michael Galletta, executive officer, Pct. 121; Ari Weiss, COJO, security chairman, and coordinator, Staten Island Shomrim; Fitim Shabani, Staten Island Representative, New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams; and John Rinaudo, representing Congress Member Nicole Malliotakis

“The wonderful weather together with the scenic view of the ocean at the promenade was the perfect setting for 2021’s National Night Out Against Crime. The crowd was happy and the boardwalk came alive. People enjoyed the ability to catch up with old friends and to make new friends and enjoy each other’s company.

The excitement of the children enhanced the activities. Police, fire and the other first responders on scene took the time to explain how to have a safe, more secure community. The emotions where strong as people thronged together with a vison of world healing after the darkness of Covid. This truly is a giant quantum leap in stimulating and helping Staten Island move forward in a positive direction full of hope and optimism. Words cannot express our deep gratitude that we have for the NYPD for organizing this outstanding event. We pray that we should be on the right track to fully bounce back from the pandemic and tonight is a strong testimony that we are getting closer to accomplish this important societal goal. Thank you NYPD that despite the cold environment and the challenges the pandemic presented you remained true to the public which you serve. We at COJO will always remember and cherish the tough moments when you stood strong and watched over the city who relies on you. In no small measure it is thanks to your determination and commitment to public safety that we as a city will overcome the difficulties of the pandemic. You truly dare to care” so said, Mendy Mirocznik, COJO, president.

Commissioner Dermot Shea, expressed his, “deep sense of pride in seeing how the Staten Island community has come together in making this day momentous. Let us remember it is the clergy, community leaders and civic organizations that have banded together and have partnered with the NYPD in facing the covid challenges. This coming together was the backbone in getting through the tough times. The NYPD looks forward to further enhancing these relationships…I cannot thank organizations such as the Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations, their great leadership team, Mendy Mirocznik, Scott Maurer and Ari Weiss for being an example of great civic organization who truly cares. It is more then the food or PPE and assistance that you provide. It is the optimism and friendship that COJO has helped to accomplish. I truly am proud of your important noble altruistic work and the NYPD looks forward to further collaboration and building on this foundation of friendship.”