The Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) honored 37 NYPD members from the 120 Precinct on July 26 at a Medal Day ceremony held at the Jewish Community Center in the Sea View section of Staten Island.
“We want to make a public declaration at this Medal Day Ceremony to stand with the NYPD, New York’s Finest; we understand the frustrations you’re facing and the reality in which you serve,” said Mendy Mirocznik, president of COJO. Mirocznik further stated, “An awards ceremony is important. It is important to say thank-you to the hardworking men and women of the NYPD who keep us safe 24/7 around the clock. When we scheduled this Medal Day ceremony, we were unable to predict the current events and difficult environment that unfolded. Tonight it is important that we as an appreciative community say thank-you to the officers and remind you that your hard work does not go unnoticed, but is valued and appreciated. It is thanks to your blood, sweat, tears, and efforts that crime in the 120 is down the lowest in the last 20 years. We salute the NYPD who protect us. We thank Chief Edward DeLatorre, Inspector Robert Bocchino for their leadership and hard work, we truly are fortunate to have these commanders in Staten Island. We thank the officers being honored tonight for a job well done. We pray that Gâ€‘d should protect you and that you should return every day safe to your families. G-d bless you.”
Attending the ceremony with COJO officials were some of the island’s highest-ranking officers–including Assistant Chief Edward DeLatorre, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Staten Island; Inspector Thomas Delahanty, the operations commander of Patrol Borough Staten Island; Deputy Inspector Robert Bocchino, the commanding officer of Precinct 120; Captain Thomas Kempner, the executive officer of the 120 Precinct; NYPD Chaplain Victor Brown; Josephine Marino, president of the Precinct 120 Community Council–and elected officials, including Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Assemblyman Ron Castorina Jr., and Public Administrator Anthony Catalano. Also in attendance was Jeffrey Ward from the Detective Endowments Association and Allen George from the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association.
Assistant Chief Edward DeLatorre said, “In regards to what is going on in New York and the country right now, some people are misguided and are painting us with an ugly brush. To them we constantly have a struggle and must keep showing them what we really are and how good we really are. We must let them know that whoever wears a uniform has a heart of gold. That the officers who took this job are doing things that most people would never dream of doing and tonight we are recognizing you for doing those things. I thank you for your excellent job and please keep up the good work and please keep making us proud.”
“New York City is fortunately facing a record low in crime. In 2015 in the 120 we saw crime the lowest it has been in the last 20 years. In 2016 we saw an additional 6 percent decrease in crime compared to 2015,” said Deputy Inspector Bocchino. “As we continue in 2016 we applaud the New York Police Department and Precinct 120 for doing an outstanding job in keeping our borough safe. .Â .Â . I thank Mendy and COJO for sponsoring this event.”