Mamaroneck Not Immune to Crime, Safety Precautions Urged

Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson addressed the recent robbery at gunpoint that occurred in the Town of Mamaroneck at last night's board meeting.

In the wake of a recent spate of burglaries and a in the Town of Mamaroneck, events that have shattered the calm—at least temporarily—of this peaceful community, some residents have come forward to ask the town for answers.

George Roniger, a town resident for over four decades and Planning Board member, approached the podium at last night’s board meeting to speak on behalf of apprehensive members of the community.

“A lot of people are concerned about the in the town and village [of Larchmont],” he said, continuing, “A number of people have suggested security cameras—putting them on public property or within our homes.”

Due to these concerns, Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson will coordinate a police presentation to the group of concerned citizens—which will be accessible to other members of the public—as early as next week.

“It is a single incident—it’s very, very unusual for the Town of Mamaroneck,” she said, continuing, “The police department is continuing their investigation.”

Although few and far between, the town hasn’t been completely immune to crime within the last year. Prior to the robbery on Jan. 17, 2012, a 17-year-old boy was by five men as he walked down Weaver Street at 12:15 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2011. His iPhone and wallet were stolen.  The in September 2011 in connection with that crime and a similar incident in Dobbs Ferry where a boy was beaten up for his iPhone.  And, on July 9, 2011, a at 2:40 p.m. on East Prospect Avenue in Mamaroneck Village, although no weapon was used. The perpetrator—a 42-year-old Elizabeth, NJ resident—was arrested shortly thereafter.

According to Patch records, the last incidence of a robbery at gunpoint was on Jan. 27, 2010, when a being approached on West Garden Road in broad daylight by a man wielding a gun. And, on Aug. 29, 2010, a 17-year-old boy reported an iPod and cell phone taken forcibly by two men while he was standing in front of a Nancy Lane home.  Shortly following that incident on Aug. 31, 2010, a 25-year-old man reported being assaulted and robbed of his cell phone on the 2500 block of Boston Post Road.  in connection with the late August crimes in September 2010.

Nevertheless, residents are encouraged to continue safety practices such as locking all doors in their home and car, despite the fact that crime is a relatively rare occurrence in the area.

“They’re obvious [tips] but in this town people are very trustworthy,” said Councilman Ernie Odierna.

The Town Board will hold a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6 in Conference Room A in the Mamaroneck Town Center. The board will discuss the Rye Town Dissolution Study, preparations for candidate interviews for town justice an update of the VFW meeting and details of the Westchester affordable housing settlement. 

BG7 February 02, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Good - I'm glad the town (and presumably the police) are all over this and giving it attention - while other communities may turn a blind eye to this sort of thing we need to be vigilant and on top of it.
LMP February 02, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Why didn't the Town Police Chief address the Town Board and respond to questions at the meeting? SOP in VOL. How about other Department Heads? Isn't the Town Board supposed to represent residents and assure that the best services are being performed on a regular basis in the most efficient manner.
RJF February 02, 2012 at 07:29 PM
So just because Chief Poleway addresses the village board everyone is happy? In this instance it appears that the town board has been briefed about the town police department's "continuing investigation". Not only that, but kudos to Nancy Seligson and Chief Rivera for dedicating an entire police presentation to this issue. With something this important, why try to cram it into a regular town board meeting? If memory serves, town detectives did a similar presentation when the unincorporated area was hit with a rash of burglaries a few years ago. Burglaries in which the police arrested, and the district attorney's office achieved a conviction for I believe. Don't fault the town on their methods, judge them on their results. The same goes for Larchmont. Both the town and Larchmont, governments and police departments, as much as they are criticized, do a superb job at keeping the community safe and relatively crime free.


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