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Southern Brooklynites host pizza parties for local police officers • Brooklyn Paper

Southern Brooklynites host pizza parties for local police officers

Members of the Shorefront Partnership Alliance and area politicians delivering pizzas to the 61st Precinct.
Photo courtesy of Shorefront Partnership Alliance (Butch Moran)

Southern Brooklyn civic leaders and politicians treated local police officers to a whopping 80 pizzas last month to show thanks for NYPD’s work on the frontlines before and during the pandemic. 

“The men and women who protect our community deserve our deepest gratitude for their courageous service and reassuring presence every day, but especially throughout the unprecedented challenges of the last several months,” Sheepshead Bay Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz said in a statement. “We’re very fortunate to have strong relationships with our local police, and these pizzas are a small token of our appreciation.”

The Shorefront Partnership Alliance — headed by former Community Board 15 Chairman Maurice Kolodin — hosted separate parties for officers of the 60th and 61st precincts, who patrol Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Sea Gate, Gravesend, and Sheepshead Bay.

Many area politicians, local businesses, and neighborhood groups also pitched in. 

From left: Lenny Markh, Gregory Vayngurt, Iulia Yaroslavskaya, 61st Precinct Community Affairs Officer Lauren Au; District Leader Ari Kagan, who was also representing Councilman Mark Treyger; Inna Vernikov and Maurice Kolodin Photo courtesy of Shorefront Partnership Alliance (Butch Moran)

Kolodin — who was joined at both pizza parties by Shorefront Partnership Alliance Vice President Butch Moran — expressed his gratitude to the members of New York’s Finest for their dedication during the pandemic and their continued efforts to protect the community.

“[Their] dedication, particularly during this time of COVID-19, is extremely gratifying,” he said.

Reps for Cymbrowitz, state Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and Councilman Mark Treyger also attended the giveaways, as well as Inna Vernikov, who was representing Bay Democrats Club.

Officers from the 60th Precinct join Maurice Kolodin, president of the Shorefront Partnership Alliance and District Leader Ari Kagan, who was also representing Councilman Mark Treyger, for a pizza feast. Photo courtesy of Shorefront Partnership Alliance (Butch Moran)

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