Second Annual Queens South Community Day Attracts 2,500; Features Family Activities, Food, and Fun!


(New York, NY) – The New York Police Department (NYPD) and Fire Department of New York (FDNY) competed in the “Battle of the Badges” cook-off on Sunday, September 18 at Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens. The NYPD took the title from the FDNY, who won last year’s inaugural event in Queens. Ed Behringer, NYPD Detective with the Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad, wowed the judges with his almond-encrusted stuffed chicken and bacon cheeseburger egg rolls, winning the grand prize.

The cook-off took place as a part of the 2nd Annual Queens South Community Day at Resorts World Casino New York City, which attracted 2,500 attendees from across New York. Battle of the Badges was co-hosted by the New York Daily News.  Ray Cooney, star of the television show Firehouse Kitchen and retired FDNY firefighter, hosted the event.

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz delivered remarks and awarded the prizes to the contestants. A panel of 5 judges included Melva Miller, Deputy Queens Borough President, representing Queens Borough President Melinda Katz; Cedric Dew, Executive Director of the Jamaica YMCA; George Lamond, singer and entertainer; Gabriel Cruz, Deputy Executive Chef of Resorts World New York; and Brad Egnor, Vice President of Marketing at Resorts World New York. New York State Senator Leroy Comrie and Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce Tom Grech also attended the event.

“Resorts World is proud to be part of the Queens and greater New York City community and to host this fabulous event,” said Egnor. “We are always looking for ways to bring the community together and to give our thanks to the FDNY and the NYPD for all they do in keeping our guests, colleagues and neighbors safe.”

“I was happy to attend the Resorts World Casino New York City 2nd Annual Queens South Community Day. Another event solidifying their good neighbor status with the community,” said Senator Leroy Comrie. “The community enjoyed games, music and a cook-off as they honored first responders. Since opening in 2011, the casino has provided good paying jobs, shown its commitment to education, charitable contributions and creating a destination that Queens and New York City can be proud to call our own.”

After the votes were tallied, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz presented the winners with their trophies and prizes. Firefighter Khalid Baylor, who won last year’s cook-off, took second place and Chris McGuinness, of the NYPD Brooklyn South Narcotics unit, placed third. Behringer, the grand-prize winner, received a trophy in addition to $500 gift cards to Resorts World, P.C. Richard & Sons, and Key Food. Six contestants competed from the two agencies.

Local vendors and community organizations, including the Queens Public Library and Jamaica YMCA, participated in the event, hosting booths with informational literature, food, and games. A variety of tasty fare was available to guests throughout the venue, which featured a taco truck, an ice cream truck, and free cotton candy and popcorn for all guests. Activities included carnival games, face painting, an inflatable bounce house and rock climbing.


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