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Community members volunteer, with chainsaws
in hand, to clear fallen trees from Queens streets
BY JASMINE PALMA
With trees strewn across roads following
Tropical Storm Isaias, a 104th Precinct
Civilian Observation Patrol member
urged Queens residents and homeowners to join
the precinct’s community patrol.
Christopher Landano, a volunteer for the patrol
and NYC firefighter, asked fellow community
members to join the community patrol in the wake
of the damages Isaias wrought in a post found on
the patrol’s Facebook page.
In Queens alone, 9,000 reports of fallen
trees were made to the New York City Parks
In his call to action, Landano described the extent
of the damages he witnessed, saying many of
the tipped trees obstructed streets.
He said that he and others of the community
patrol were using chainsaws to clear ten streets
in Glendale, Ridgewood and Middle Village.
“In the 104 Precinct Civilian Patrol, we are all
volunteers. We’re all homeowners. We’re all
people who live in Glendale, Middle Village and
Ridgewood,” Landano said. “We can help the police
department by going out on patrol and watching
our neighborhood. We can make a difference, but
we need numbers — we need people. People need
to respond and get involved.”
In his post, Landano referred to a rally where
people demonstrated in retaliation of a recently
Photo via Facebook/104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol - G-COP
converted homeless shelter in Glendale. He said
he wishes to see that same spirit translate into
community efforts beyond just a singular event
— to help the community long-term by making a
commitment to the patrol.
“A lot of homeowners own businesses in Queens,
so they have a vested interest in keeping the
neighborhood clean and safe,” Landano said.
Landano attempted to galvanize readers, saying
that “the 104th Precinct relies on us to handle nonemergency
situations like yesterday’s hurricane
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