Borough Park, NY – Approximately one hundred and fifty people gathered at the Sefardishe Shul on 45th Street for a Boro Park Shomrim breakfast, an event which included a ribbon cutting ceremony for an all new mobile truck command center.
Shomrim honored Deputy Comptroller Simcha Felder who was instrumental in obtaining the funding for the mobile command center from the city council, a process which began six years ago when Felder represented Brooklyn’s 44th District as a city councilman.
“It was wonderful to be a part of this,” Felder told VIN New. “This is something that is so needed by the community, and while this was a time consuming process, Hashem made this finally become a reality as a zechus for all the good work that Shomrim does in our community.”
Also in attendance at this morning’s breakfast were New York City Comptroller John Liu, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, City Councilmember Brad Lander, State Senator Eric Adams, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, City Councilmember David Greenfield, NYPD Inspectors Thursland, Sprague and Scholes, Lieutenant James Woods of NYPD Community Affairs and representatives from the offices of Borough President Marty Markowitz and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The $300,000 mobile command truck is custom built on a Ford truck chassis and includes a five person dispatch center, a twelve person conference room, a private meeting room and expandable walls. The four wheel drive vehicle contains a full communications center which can provide Verizon service anywhere, full outside lighting and many other capabilities.
“We are ready to roll in Boro Park,” said Shomrim head Yanky Daskal adding, “we hope to only use it for good things.”
Assemblyman Dov Hikind had nothing but praise for Shomrim, recalling how the voluntary community patrol began over eighteen years ago as “The Bakery Boys” with early morning delivery men the first to patrol the area.
“Shomrim does a remarkable job every single day of the year,” said Hikind. “Ninety nine percent of the time, we don’t hear about their work but they are out protecting our community, putting themselves at risk on a daily basis. Everyone, both in our community and far and wide, have tremendous respect for them. This mobile command center is long overdue and I wish them continued success in their efforts.”
Video below from the event. Credit Heshy Rubinstein/Dee Voch