Westmoreland Association, Inc.
251-31 42nd Avenue, Little Neck, NY 11363 
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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association Inc.

March 19, 2007

The meeting was called to order at 8:05 P.M. by President Walter Mugdan. The reading of the minutes of the September 18, 2006 meeting was waived. Treasurer Gary Savage gave the Treasurer’s Report. A motion was made to accept that report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.

Old Business:

R2A re-zoning was put into effect on December 27, 2006. The area including Beechknoll and Thebes Ave. was excluded from the re-zoning as requested by the residents there.

Annual elections were held. After a brief election campaign the slate that was presented to the membership by the board was elected unanimously. The result:

President: Walter Mugdan
Vice President: Sheldon Rosenblum
Treasurer: Gary Savage
Secretary: Charles Manna

Kathleen Beckett
John Constanza
Thomas Dent
Franklin T. (Tom) Lloyd
Peter Reinharz
Robert Timmerman
Philip Toscano

New Business

Our guest speakers were introduced. They were Deputy Inspector Scott Hanover, Commanding Officer of the NYPD 111th Precinct, and Community Affairs Officer Gary Poggiali. They spoke about the current crime statistics in our precinct. In addition, they discussed strategies and ideas that homeowners can use to reduce the chance of being targeted by criminals. Some items that were brought up were:

• The Lexus tops the list as the car that get stolen the most.
• Portable GPS systems are also targets. Keep them out of sight when the car is parked on the street. Also remove the mount from sight when the car is not occupied.
• Burglars go after the car’s right front door cylinder lock to break-in. They use it to have a key made. So, if it is stolen, replace all the locks in the car.
• Homes under construction: Burglars are stealing the new, expensive appliances in the unoccupied house. If you see appliances leaving a house under construction, call 9-1-1.
• Three member burglar crews are hitting homes just after dark. Usually a woman is driving the get-away car. The other two break in the back of the house.
• Officer Faith Carter (718-279-5215) at the 111th Precinct is available to do free surveys of your home. She will recommend ways to improve security of your house and car.
• Later in the year Officer Carter will provide free VIN etching for the glass in your car (makes it harder for the thief to sell).
• New house alarms have cell phone backup to foil burglars who try to by-pass or cut the telephone line to the security company.
• At gas stations, always lock the car when gassing up or when you go to pay. This prevents a thief from snatching purses, cell phones and other valuable from the inside of the car while you are on the other side or away from the car.
• Check your car’s owner manual – some include a valet key. If so, don’t leave the valet key in the glove compartment.
• Keep the registration and insurance cards on your person, not in the glove box.
• If a stranger tells you that a tire is flat, don’t walk around the car to see.
• Don’t bring valuables to gyms and pools. Keep them at home. Just bring your ID
• Children’s cell phones often get stolen after school. Don’t cancel the phone immediately – call 9-1-1 first. The police may be able to trace the phone using GPS.

Community Board 11 has a new chairman – Steve Newman.

Celebrity Bar on Northern Blvd and Morgan Street has a dumpster that is encroaching on the street.

The next meeting is May 21, 2007

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 PM.

Respectfully Submitted

Charles Manna
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