North Bergen police officers held one of their monthly TAPS (Township Alternative Policing Strategy) meetings at the Uptown Library May 16. The department has been holding meetings to allow residents to express concerns and discuss issues with officers in a relaxed environment. Detective William Fleischhauer, Captain William Lyons, Captain David Corbisiero, and Officer Saray Durango were on hand and listened to a handful of locals who stopped by for an hour.
Evelyn, a resident, had a few issues with people double-parking on residential streets in the town, specifically around her home on 78th Street, between Palisade and Bergenline avenues.
“Typically, they can be parked there for quite a while,” she shared. “And then that makes it difficult to move around.”
“I came to support the local police officers, and to voice some problems that I had.– Evelyn
____________The officers responded that they will send someone to perform day and night-time checks in the area.
When asked why she believes such meetings are important for the community, Evelyn said, “I came to support the local police officers, and to voice some problems that I had.”
Others were similarly thankful.
“I came because I wanted to say, ‘thank you,’ resident Susan Nissim told the officers. She said she is a big fan of police in general. The former Manhattan resident even shared with the officers a picture of the New York Police Department’s Shorim Society—an official organization of Jewish NYPD officers—from 1972.
She also asked whether she could use her handicap placard to park anywhere on the street in the township.
Lyons said that it could be used in handicap spots in businesses, but not just anywhere. “If you pull into a Walmart parking lot and there’s a blue space, you can park there,” he responded.
Sylvia DeYorgi also told police that too many people park in unauthorized spaces.
Afterward, she said, “I just saw it in the paper, and I wanted to see what happens here. This is something that I would be interested in coming to more often.”
Lyons encouraged residents to follow the department’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for any new information. “Please, talk to your neighbors and anybody else that wants to come out,” he said. “You don’t have to come here with any complaints or concerns. You can just come here to ask any questions.”
For information the next round of TAPS meetings, keep visiting North Bergen’s official website at http://www.northbergen.org. You can also keep checking the briefs section of the North Bergen Reporter.