More Cops Needed Near Aqueduct Racino in Queens, Sen. Addabbo Says

By DNAinfo Staff on February 17, 2012 8:24pm

State Senator Joe Addabbo wants more police officers on the streets surrounding the Aqueduct racino in Queens.
State Senator Joe Addabbo wants more police officers on the streets surrounding the Aqueduct racino in Queens.
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OZONE PARK — A Queens state senator wants the city to assign more police near the recently opened Aqueduct racino to address what he calls a "dire need" for law enforcement.

Sen. Joe Addabbo said Ozone Park's 106th Precinct needs more cops, since the Resorts World Racino has drawn more than 100,000 additional visitors a week to the relatively quiet, suburban neighborhood.

He also noted that local crime has recently increased, and that a proposed convention center would bring even more people to the area.

"I believe we are in dire need of additional officers," Addabbo wrote in a Feb. 8 letter to Police Commissioner Ray Kelly that was released on Friday.

Addabbo also wrote that existing cops are "doing an outstanding job with limited resources."

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