By Unknown Source: Courtesy of OnRockaway.com
Rockaway Primetime Reporting had a question. What are State Troopers doing in Rockaway?
OnRockaway first reported that State Troopers were spotted near Hammels Housing Project giving speeding tickets and traffic checks.
OnRockaway believes it has a lot to do with elected officials fighting over party politics.
Another source tells Primetime that the high number of police at Trump Tower, home of the current POTUS Donald Trump can be the reason for the lack of coverage in the local percent (100th).
Although there has been a lot of fighting between Mayor DeBalsio and Governor Cuomo; OnRockaway’s report can be proven true. Based on State Law- Governor of the State Of New York can declare State Troopers to fill in for absent police in any district.
Read the rest of OnRockaway.com’s report below.
Thanks to the animosity between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, there is a new sheriff in town – or, at least a new trooper.
For the past two weeks, Rockaway residents have seen New York State Troopers working both on the peninsula and in Broad Channel.
A number of locals have already been impacted by the state police, because the staties are giving out expensive traffic violations for speeding, failing to signal and the like, something that has been the bailiwick of city police for generations.
Sources say that the placement of troopers on city streets is designed to clearly designed to get in de Blasio’s face and under his skin.
“It’s just one more tit-for-tat thing between these two guys. This is [Cuomo] flexing his muscles. He said that he is also the governor of New York City,’’ a law enforcement source said in a recent statement to the New York Post
“People are asking, ‘What would [the troopers’] responsibility be?’ Don’t forget, there are 36,000 NYPD cops. So what are they going to do? Nobody knows,’’ the source said.
About 50 state troopers currently assist MTA cops patrolling trains and subway platforms at Penn Station and Grand Central Terminal.
Now, when Cuomo’s power play is through, the number of state troopers in New York City has doubled, the source said.
The out-of-town troopers typically spend around two weeks at $180-a-night hotels such as the Shelburne in Murray Hill before they’re swapped out for a fresh group, sources said.
State troopers currently have an office on Wards Island, but it’s mostly for administrative staff and some investigators.
The new digs would move Cuomo’s bigger force to the center of the action.
His people have already scouted potential sites at 4 World Trade Center and a Port Authority property on Park Avenue, and are set to look at other locations, the source said. The state co-owns the PA along with New Jersey.
It’s not clear what the timetable will be to open the barracks, but “It seems like he wants to get it done,’’ the source said of Cuomo.
The move is only the latest back-and-forth between the governor and mayor, who have clashed over everything from charter schools to how to pay for universal pre-K and how much to raise the minimum wage.