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December 2, 2013- By Steven E. Greer, MD
BatteryPark.TV previously reported that the Battery Park City Authority (BPCA) contract with the New York City Parks Department pays for a large number of Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) officers that are not actually patrolling the parks of BPC. The question of whether the full staff of eight to eleven PEP, that are supposed to be on duty at any given time patrolling the 35-acres of BPC parks, really show up to work, or are instead “no-shows”.
BatteryPark.TV has exclusively learned that the Captain of the BPC PEP force, Edward Falcon, is reassigning the BPC PEP, paid for by the tax dollars of BPC residents, to other parks throughout the city. The nearby Battery Park (not to be confused with BPC Parks) and Hudson River Park are two confirmed locations where the BPC PEP are sent.
At 9:00 PM, Sunday, December 1st, two male PEP were seen driving a white parks department sedan eastward on West Thames Street, then turning southbound onto West Street and leaving BPC. This is a common practice. The parks employee who answered the office phone would not confirm where the PEP were going, but said, “They might be going to another park if the Captain reassigned them, like Hudson River Park.”.
The budget surplus and desirable financial status of the BPCA has always been a target for the city and state to pilfer. Most recently, City Councilman Peter Vallone went before the local TV and print news advocating that the BPC PEP should be reassigned to parks in Brooklyn. His rationale is now apparent, since the practice is indeed already taking place.