On Thursday, September 12, at the New York City Police Department, Patrol Borough Staten Island, located on the second floor of Precinct 121, in the Graniteville section of Staten Island, the Council of Jewish Organizations of Staten Island (COJO-SI) and its security committee held its annual pre-Rosh-Hashanah security meeting.
At the meeting, the focus was on how to better secure synagogues and houses of worship for the High Holiday period when larger-than-ordinary crowds attend synagogues all over. At the meeting, COJO officials such as Mendy Mirocznik, COJO president, and Ari Weiss, COJO security chairman and coordinator Staten Island Safety Patrol (Shomrim), were in attendance as well as David Pollack from the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC-NY) and a member of the COJO-SI Security Committee.
The meeting was successful and, in the words of Chief Corey, “demonstrated the strong community partnership and bond between COJO-SI and the NYPD, and in no small measure that is thanks to the efforts of Mendy Mirocznik and Ari Weiss who exemplify what leadership is all about.”
Mendy Mirocznik commented, “The secret to the great relationship between the NYPD and COJO-SI is communication. Chief Corey has open lines of communication with COJO and this open communication allows us to build community confidence with the NYPD. Our prayer is that all those observing the High Holidays should do so in a meaningful, secure way. When we pray, we should pray for the well-being of the NYPD — that the officers should be safe and return every day safely to their families.”