Friday, September 16, 2016

Rowdy Drinking Claims has Manhattan College Bigs B...

Riverdale Voice: Rowdy Drinking Claims has Manhattan College Bigs B...: (File photo) By Robert Press BRONX- What’s going on at Manhattan College? That was the question residents who live around Manha...

Rowdy Drinking Claims has Manhattan College Bigs Burnin’

Leaders Angry at Manhattan College Students for Off-Campus Drinking

By Robert Press

BRONX- What’s going on at Manhattan College? That was the question residents who live around Manhattan College want to get the answer to.

It seems that at various times during the school year at the college, residents around the college complain about the antics and behavior of the college students off campus. No, don't think that that the residents want the college to go away, but they would like to have the college be able to control the student behavior in the neighborhood.

This college student behavior problem will occur at the beginning of a new school year, at Halloween, on what is now called Santa Gon, and at the end of the semester and school year. Manhattan College has a student code of conduct, and Drug and Alcohol Violation Disclosure to students under the age of 21. I can attest to that having sat through one of the college's orientation with my graduating high school student (who chose not to go to Manhattan College), there seems to be a lack of enforcement of said Code of Conduct by the college. 

Year after year there are students who patronize the many local drinking establishments even if they are not of the legal age of 21. Many times the 50th Police Precinct officers have said they caught underage college students in various bars. 

Even bar owners have admitted that they thought the students were of legal drinking age, or have said that a phony ID was showed to the bar employee. 

Since Manhattan College expanded to build several new high rise dormitories on campus where there were parking lots, it seems that more out of state students have chosen to attend Manhattan College. They may come from other states where the drinking age is only 18, may feel new freedoms away from home, or give into peer pressure. 

Whatever the story is at last week’s 50th Precinct Community Council, Councilman Andrew Cohen let the Assistant Director of Security at Manhattan College Peter DeCaro have it by saying 'This is not a one time occurrence, but an ongoing situation every year'. Mr. DeCaro then asked how long Cohen has been in office. Cohen said three years now, and he wanted answers from the college as to this student behavior problem. After a few more minutes and comments Mr. DeCaro left. 

I have photos of last year’s Santa Gon where Manhattan College students are on West 238th Street with cans of beer in their hands, and one has a bottle in a paper bag. Mr. DeCaro said to send him the photos as he did to the residents around the college, but when one said that they sent him video, he replied it was too dark to identify any student. I then said that I would put any photos on my blog and in this column, which got a few chuckles from the commanding officer of the 50th Precinct.

It was the same story in his last visit a few months ago when I pressured him on the incident that Manhattan College students were allegedly ordering beer by phone from the local deli. I said the deli worker asked what dorm room number the beer was to be delivered to, and I asked how is the age of the student verified if the beer is delivered to one of the college dorms? That time he refused to answer my question, and also left quickly a few minutes later.

Staying in the 50th Precinct, last Friday there was a plaque dedication for Sergeant Saul S. Starrett, a former 50th police officer who died in the line of duty on September 2, 1953. You can go to my blog at to see photos of the event. Members of the Starrett family, some current 50th Precinct Police personal, representatives of the Bronx Borough Command, and a photo of current 50th Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Terrence O'Toole proudly standing next to the plaque for Sergeant Paul S. Starrett.

Lastly, on my blog are photos of the day after concrete was poured for the fourth floor of a new eight story building going up at 640 West 238th Street, and the mess left on the street. Remnants of the concrete have spilled from the site and traveled down the hill to the street below. the photos were sent to DOT, who I was told is going to investigate.

If you have any comments about this column or would like to have an event listed or covered in this column or on my blog you can e-mail me at or call 718-644-4199 Mr. Robert Press. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Cops Remember Fallen Officer

Riverdale Voice: Cops Remember Fallen Officer: BRONX- The 50th Police Precinct was finally able to honor one of the fallen officers of the local precinct who gave his life in the l...

Cops Remember Fallen Officer

BRONX- The 50th Police Precinct was finally able to honor one of the fallen officers of the local precinct who gave his life in the line of duty on September 2, 1953. 

The plaque was dedicated in beloved memory of Sergeant Saul S. Starrett of the New York City Police Department 50 Precinct. 

The inscription included the following “No greater devotion to sworn duty can a police officer demonstrate to god and to man than to lay down his life in the line of duty.”

Dedicated by the members of the 50th Precinct.