7th Precinct Cops of the Year Ceremony at Tammany Hall

Posted on: April 6th, 2011 at 9:05 am by

Sounds like a headline from the nineteenth century, eh?  Not so!  Yesterday afternoon, the Lower East Side Business Improvement District held its first ever 7th Precinct Cops of the Year Luncheon and Awards Ceremony at Tammany Hall at 152 Orchard Street.  The event honored three distinguished police officers of the Seventh Precinct whose hard work and dedication have made the LES a safer place.  Council Member Margaret Chin, representatives from Assemblyman Sheldon Silver and State Senator Daniel Squadron’s office, and a host of other dignitaries, including New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., were all on hand for the festivities.

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The three police officers who received awards were Officer Kerion Mathison, Officer Alexander Wong, and Officer Michael Wong.  Officer Mathison is a five year veteran of the NYPD.  She was assigned to the Seventh Precinct in July 2006.  During her tenure she has affected 137 arrests and has assisted in over 300 arrests.  Officer Mathison is currently assigned to the Cabaret Unit, where she ensures that all licensed establishments are not acting in a manner detrimental to the health and safety of patrons and local residents.

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Officer Alexander Wong has been on the force for nine years.  In 2007, Wong was assigned to the Highway Safety Office, where he now uses his experience to analyze motor vehicle accident reports to develop strategies in enforcement and accident prevention.  He is also responsible for forty school crossing guards and serves as the precinct’s liaison with the Department of Transportation.  “He is a very busy man,” said Cyrus Vance Jr., the New York DA.

Officer Michael Wong is a seven year veteran of the NYPD and has been assigned as the Assistant Field Intelligence Officer since 2007.  In his role Officer Wong is responsible with providing the command’s personnel with up-to-date intelligence information.  Officer Wong also maintains numerous databases  regarding persons of interest and people arrested and stopped by fellow officers.

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Bob Zuckerman, executive director of the LES BID, said he has done this type of event before as director of the Greenwich Village-Chelsea Chamber of Commerce.   “This was part of a whole series called ‘Safe Cities Safe Communities,’” said Mr. Zuckerman.  “It was my favorite thing to do.  It was actually my favorite event of the year.  More than our annual dinner, more than any of the other networking events we did because it is really a way of giving back to people that we work with who help us every day.”  Mr. Zuckerman was also happy the DA attended the festivities.  “I am thrilled that the DA was here to present the awards,” said Mr. Zuckerman.

“To the awardees I think it is that much more meaningful to them to have the chief law enforcement person in Manhattan giving them the award,” said Mr. Zuckerman, who was celebrating his one year anniversary as executive director of the LES BID.

At the conclusion of the presentation Jake and Allen Dell of Katz Delicatessen presented the three officers with salami.

The precinct leads the borough of Manhattan in DWI arrests.

-Written by Andrew Cohen

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