Mayor de Blasio discusses the new police precinct on Monday.
The city will build its newest police precinct in Rosedale, Queens, Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill announced Monday.
The mayor and top cop unveiled the site on North Conduit Ave. for the future 116th Precinct station house, in the parking lot of what is now a satellite precinct house for the 105th Precinct.
Hizzoner put $70 million in the budget for a new precinct in April 2016, and it took over a year to pick a spot for the command that will serve Rosedale, Cambria Heights, Springfield Gardens and Laurelton. And it will be several more years before the precinct is built and open, said de Blasio, who could not give an exact timeline.
“The normal history of how long it takes to put together a police precinct is a long one, and I’m not happy about that. I want to see if we can speed it up,” said de Blasio, explaining the project has to go through the city’s lengthy zoning approval process.
The turf that will become part of the newly created precinct is now part of the 105th Precinct, which is one of the largest in the city at 12.43 square miles.
Average police response time there is close to nine minutes, compared to about seven minutes citywide. The NYPD hopes to speed that up with the new precinct.
“This was a matter of fairness,” de Blasio said. “To know they were not getting the police coverage they deserved, I know how that must have felt.”
De Blasio made the announcement to kick off the week he is spending in Queens as part of the “City Hall in Your Borough” initiative.
He also hosted a cabinet meeting at Queens Borough Hall, where Borough President Melinda Katz took the opportunity to tease him with a gift of a poster celebrating the 1986 Mets, who beat de Blasio’s beloved Red Sox in the World Series.
It was a gentler gag than the one de Blasio got during his week in the Bronx, when Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. challenged him to put on Yankees gear, which he refused.
“This is a nice, peaceful offering. It’s very tasteful,” de Blasio said of the gift.