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Minutes of the General Membership Meeting of the Westmoreland Association
Minutes of the May16, 2016
President – Walter Mugdan
Vice President - Victor Dadras
Treasurer – Gary Savage
Secretary – Charles Manna
Board Members Present
John Erdman, NYPD Community Affairs Officer, 111th Precinct
Old Business –
President Walter Mugdan called the meeting to order at 8:05 P.M. A motion was
made, seconded and unanimously adopted to waive reading of the minutes. (Mr.
Mugdan noted that the minutes were available for review on the Westmoreland
Gary Savage provided the Treasurer’s Report indicating that the balance-on-hand
was $20,084.63 as of March 21, 2016. A motion was made to accept the Treasurer’s
report. The motion was seconded and the report was unanimously approved.
New Business –
Officer Erdman of the NYPD reported to our Association on the current status of
crime in our area.
• Major Crimes – there are very few incidents in our
precinct. There was a lap top computer stolen at the local McDonalds Restaurant.
• Anyone who wants to check out the local crime statistics
can go to the COMSTAT 2.0 web site. It gives precinct-level information.
• Grand Larceny – 70% of the crimes are credit fraud plus ID
• A gas station on Frances Lewis Blvd was the location of a
card reader that was illegally attached to the ATM. It enabled the thief to
capture the ID and password of a victim.
• Last October, in the Westmoreland area, a car tire was
slashed during Halloween.
Walter Mugdan said that there were two major concerns in our neighborhood:
1. There are too many massage parlors that seem to defy police efforts to close
them down. They seem to attract non-resident men who hang around the street at
night. The Captain said that there have been 80 arrests in the past year in
connection with prostitution activities. So far, the operation located at
Northern Blvd and 254 Street in Little Neck was shuttered. Four more are due to
2. There is too much noise emanating from the roof-top garden/bar/restaurant at
Il Bacco. The captain stated that the noise is within legal limits, and that the
owner has been responsive to complaints.
There were question from the membership.
• Q: How can we be more effective in reducing prostitution?
• A: Go after the landlords. Use the Abatement of Nuisance
law to bring landlords to justice.
• Q: Will the NYPD be installing cameras along Northern Blvd?
• A: None planned at present
We thanked Officer Erdman for attending our meeting and sharing this
There was a report on the Participatory Budget process completed a few weeks
earlier. The voting was concluded; there were five winners: the Bayside High
School music program was the biggest winner; projects at Jr. HS 194, PS 194 and
PS 79 were also successful. There was money budgeted to upgrade some pedestrian
sidewalks. The improvement project at the Douglaston/Little Neck Public Library
was not a winner, but it did get a promise from Councilman Paul Vallone that
money would be found from his discretionary budget to fund Shelving and Computer
Development: Last month, it was reported that a corner lot on
Glenwood and 41st Drive was recently purchased. The new owner purportedly has
stated that she intends to split the lot and build two new houses on them. The
lot is not big enough to do this legally. It violates both the Westmoreland
covenants and the NYC zoning law (it is zoned R2A). The current property is
comprised of four Rickert-Finlay lots; the covenants require a minimum of three
such lots for a corner house and two are required for an interior lot. Also, the
City's R2A zoning requires a minimum of 40' frontage for each house. The
property in question is 75 x 100, therefore not large enough to support two
houses. On March 25 Walter Mugdan wrote to, and offered to meet with the new
owner. The letter brought to her attention the Westmoreland covenants and
informed her that a split cannot happen. Association Vice President Victor
Dadras subsequently met and spoke with the architect, Edward Lu, who advised
that the owner is planning to build only one house there. Plans for the house
were late shared with the Association, and it appears the construction will
conform with our covenants and city zoning rules. (The house was demolished and
removed around September 15th. We will keep an eye on it.)
The house at the corner of Little Neck Parkway and 39th Ave. built two fences
that are in violation of the covenants. The owner has been notified that the
violating portions of the fences must be removed. (The fences were removed
around September 16.)
Apparently another property on 39th Avenue may be operating a business by
leasing expanded driveway space to commuters for parking. The expanded driveway
may also exceed City limits for impervious surface coverage on the property. 311
will be called to report the possible violation(s). (The call was subsequently
40-20 Westmoreland Street is apparently a Mother/Daughter configuration.
41-32 Morgan Street is for sale. There appears to be an illegal apartment in the
41-21 Morgan has a commercial vehicle parked on the front lawn. That is also in
violation of City rules.
(Several calls to 3-1-1 were subsequently made to report these potential
The schedule for the remaining year’s meetings will be September 19 and November
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 PM.
Charles Manna, Secretary
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