Neighbors told to get involved at 7th PDAC meeting

Daily News colum­nist John Baer didn’t set foot in­side the monthly 7th Po­lice Dis­trict Ad­vis­ory Coun­cil meet­ing Oct. 17, but his words res­on­ated with coun­cil mem­bers, thanks to state Rep. John Sabat­ina.

As the primary guest speak­er for the event, Sabat­ina re­cited Baer’s Oct. 16 com­ment­ary in its en­tirety, present­ing it as a call to ac­tion for PDAC mem­bers to spread a mes­sage of civic en­gage­ment to their less-act­ive neigh­bors.

Baer’s column, “Our prob­lems? They’re our fault,” as­signs blame for the fail­ing Con­gress, le­gis­lature and pub­lic schools far bey­ond the elec­ted and ap­poin­ted lead­ers of those in­sti­tu­tions. The art­icle also blames a largely dis­en­gaged and self-centered popu­lace.

“In this, the great­er fault is broad-based, es­cal­at­ing and be­longs to us all,” Baer wrote. “We are in­creas­ingly dis­con­nec­ted.”

Cit­ing re­search by au­thor­it­ies on pub­lic opin­ion, tech­no­logy and journ­al­ism, the colum­nist dis­cussed how people are dis­trac­ted by “mul­ti­me­dia, cul­tur­al in­flu­ences em­phas­iz­ing ego­centric liv­ing, po­lar­iz­ing gov­ernance and grow­ing eco­nom­ic classism fos­ter­ing sep­ar­a­tion.”

Sabat­ina, a Rhawn­hurst nat­ive who next year is ex­pec­ted to battle fel­low House mem­ber Ed Neilson in the Demo­crat­ic primary for the newly re-mapped 174th dis­trict, agreed with Baer’s ana­lys­is and called upon PDAC mem­bers to get their neigh­bors more in­volved in com­munity groups.

“I think we need to do more be­cause just caring about what’s go­ing on is not enough,” Sabat­ina said. “We have to en­cour­age oth­er people to care. We have to pump oth­er people up to come and join us. … Bring a neigh­bor [to a meet­ing]. Do out­reach. Make an ef­fort to get oth­er people to care as much as we do.”

Sabat­ina joined aides for state Reps. Brendan Boyle and Kev­in Boyle, state Sens. Mike Stack and Tina Tartagli­one and City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill in present­ing le­gis­lat­ive cita­tions to the 7th dis­trict’s two Of­ficers of the Month, Ern­est Green and Paul Hartigan. PDAC Vice Chair­wo­man Greta Kley­man awar­ded the of­ficers plaques on be­half of TD Bank. In­spect­or Mi­chael Co­chrane and Capt. Joseph Zaffino also took part in the ce­re­mony.

Green and Hartigan nabbed a bank rob­ber red-handed as he tried to hold up the Cit­izens Bank in­side the Acme at 1970 Red Li­on Road on Sept. 3. The of­ficers re­spon­ded to the store just be­fore noon after a bank em­ploy­ee triggered a si­lent alarm. 

The rob­ber had handed a de­mand note to a tell­er in­dic­at­ing he had a gun and or­der­ing the tell­er to place cash in­to a plastic bag.

The of­ficers im­me­di­ately spot­ted the sus­pect at the tell­er sta­tion and ordered him to lay down on the floor. He in­stead began to walk away. Green tackled the rob­ber as Hartigan provided cov­er for his part­ner. The of­ficers hand­cuffed the strug­gling sus­pect, then re­covered the de­mand note from the tell­er.

Au­thor­it­ies later charged the same man with an­oth­er rob­bery of the Wawa at 10900 Bustleton Ave. about one week earli­er.

In an un­re­lated in­vest­ig­a­tion, Com­munity Re­la­tions Of­ficer Rich Si­mon said that po­lice are in­vest­ig­at­ing a flash­ing in­cid­ent that oc­curred on Aug. 28 on the 6500 block of Castor Ave., in the 2nd Po­lice Dis­trict. 

A 26-year-old wo­man was walk­ing along the street when a man in a green minivan pulled up be­side her and ex­posed him­self. The wo­man screamed and ran away. The flash­er was fur­ther de­scribed as a man in his 30s with a blue shirt and jeans. Po­lice did not spe­cify the man’s skin col­or or phys­ic­al build.

Si­mon an­nounced that the dis­trict will host a Town Hall meet­ing on Nov. 19, at Walk­er Lodge, at 6 p.m. ••

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