2017-05-19 / Front Page

New Commander For 101st Precinct

By Gail Johnson


The 101st Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Justin Lenz (Left) is moving on to a new position, and will be replaced by former 101st Precinct Executive Officer, Captain Vincent Tavalero. The 101st Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Justin Lenz (Left) is moving on to a new position, and will be replaced by former 101st Precinct Executive Officer, Captain Vincent Tavalero. It was a night of goodbyes at the May 17 meeting of the 101st Precinct Community Council, as acting President Felicia Johnson paid an emotional tribute to the late Manny Fiallo, Jr.

Fiallo Jr. who was the Sergeant at Arms of the 101st Precinct Community Council, died suddenly on May 2, leaving a legacy of dedication to his community.

Those in attendance also learned that 101st Precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Justin Lenz is moving on to a new position, and will be replaced by Captain Vincent Tavalero.

The room erupted into an audible moan of disbelief when Lenz made the surpise announcement.

“Thank you for the past 28 months. This has been one of the best assignments in my career,” said Lenz.


Jacqueline McMikel, DI Justin Lenz, Felicia Johnson, Arlene Cauley and incoming CO of the 101, Captain Vincent Tavalero. Photo By Gail Johnson Jacqueline McMikel, DI Justin Lenz, Felicia Johnson, Arlene Cauley and incoming CO of the 101, Captain Vincent Tavalero. Photo By Gail Johnson Lenz will be moving to One Police Plaza as part of the Force Investigation Division.

Tavalero, who has served in the 101 before – he was Lenz’s Executive Officer for about eight months in 2015 — re-introduced himself to the community council by complimenting the work of his former commander.

“[Lenz] did a wonderful job with crime in the community,” said Tavalero. “I have some big shoes to fill. I will continue to reduce crime. I have ties on a personal level to this community. I grew up in Inwood and went to high school here. My grandmother worked at St. John’s Hospital. I have seen how this community has changed. I wish to see this community grow and flourish.”

After the announcement, the business of the community council then proceeded, as nominations for the Board of Directors began. The nominees for the office of President are Victor Boamah and the aforementioned acting President Felicia Johnson. The nominee for Vice President is Arlene Cauley. The nominee for Treasurer is Jacqueline McMikel, while the nominee for Recording Secretary is Paula Frazier. Voting will take place during the June meeting and the new fiscal year will begin July 1.

Johnson became overcome with emotion as she reminded the Community Council of the work required to make their annual fundraising event, National Night Out, that takes place in August of each year, a success. That work had been done by Fiallo Jr.

“Manny was our runner. He went here. He went there. This is who I talked to,” said Johnson. “We’re going to miss that. We will all have to step up to fill that void and solicit donations for this event.”

In other news, the Macedonia Baptist Church, 330 Beach 67th St. in Arverne, will honor Police Officer Kevin Campbell and Councilman Donovan Richards on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 p.m. Contact Kimberly White- Smalls at 718-415-9272 for information.

Representatives from Rockaway Waterfront Alliance encouraged the members to join the Rockaway Farm Share. In partnership with Sang Lee Farms the Rockaway community will be able to get access to chemical free, certified organic vegetables for 25 weeks based on their income level. RWA can be reached at info@rwalliance.org.

Eugene Falik reminded the members to come out and show up to make their voices heard at the City Council Planning Committee Meeting on Wednesday, May 24 when a vote will be taken on the Downtown Far Rockaway Revitalization Plan.

Gordon Williams reported on the outcome of the petition he circulated last month to have a countdown light installed at the dangerous intersection of Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 20th Street.

“I am happy to report that the countdown light has been installed,” said Williams. “I personally escorted seniors with walkers across the intersection and I am proud to announce that they had sufficient time to cross the intersection. My next effort will be directed to installing a countdown light at Beach 19th Street where it is also needed to help our seniors cross Seagirt Boulevard safely,” he beamed.

Charles Jacobs of the Dredsurfer Grill, who holds a concession license for the boardwalk, informed the community that he is planning to bring food, craft and entertainment vendors to the boardwalk from Beach 50th Street to Beach 9th Street, from July 1 to Sept. 3. He is seeking vendors to bring weekend activities to the area and says the community noise complaints from last summer have been addressed.

“The (problems) have been (fixed) so that the entertainment can be enjoyed by everyone,” said Jacobs. “We want people to come and enjoy the surroundings, enjoy the food; we want to make Beach 17th Street a goto destination. Memorial Day weekend will begin with a free salsa concert and other musical events will continue over the long weekend. Sun, fun and food, let’s bring it back again.”

Interested in being a craft or food vendor or providing entertainment contact Jacobs at 646-463-3271.

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I would like to say

I would like to say congratulations Captain Vincent Tavalero and good luck with your new command. Danny Ruscillo


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