The Death of an Officer
After shepherding six adults and an infant to safety in the attic of his house on Staten Island last night, an off-duty New York City police officer, Artur Kasprzak, went downstairs to check on the basement. He did not come back up.
Here is the Police Department’s statement, unedited:
During the tumult of Hurricane Sandy last night, off-duty Police Officer Artur Kasprzak, 28, got to work shepherding his family to relative safety inside his home on Doty Avenue, in the confines of the 122 Precinct.
By about 7 p.m., with flood water surging into his house, Officer Kasprzak was able to get six adults (M/69, F/68, F/56, M/31, F/31, F/30) and a 15-month-old male infant upstairs and into his attic to escape the rapidly rising water.
Officer Kasprzak then turned to one of the women and told her he was going to check the basement but would be right back.
At 7:23 p.m., the female called 911 and reported Officer Kasprzak missing.
NYPD personnel from the Emergency Service and SCUBA units immediately responded to the residence using Zodiac boats and Jet Skis, but could not access the home due to down, electrified power lines in the water.
After deeming the house safe to enter, a search commenced. By about 7 a.m., Officer Kasprzak’s body was located, unconscious and unresponsive, in the basement. EMS was on scene and pronounced him DOA.
The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause of death. Officer Kasprzak was assigned to the 1st Precinct in Manhattan and had six years on the job. Previously, he served the city for one year as an NYPD Cadet, and was assigned to the 122 Pct. Detective Squad.
By of The Rental Standard
Scammers today are getting more sophisticated, thanks to online listings and social media accounts which make your information available the world over. It’s easy to hear about the landlord who fell victim to an elaborate scam by a Nigerian prince and dismiss it as an “it can never happen to me” type of situation, but ask yourself: would you be able to detect a scam if it were in your inbox? Scammers are becoming smarter these days, doing away with the prince and strange email addresses. Keep your business safe by being familiar with the signs of a scam.
The sender is a foreign national moving to the U.S. for work. The person may claim to be from England, Nigeria, Canada, Brazil, etc., and say they’re relocating for school or work. Just because the renter is international doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rent to them, but be extra-careful in these situations because it’s more difficult to obtain a credit or background check.
They don’t want to meet with you. Most legitimate renters will be concerned about the property itself: asking about its safety, floor plan, proximity to the city center, and so on. Prospective tenants will want to meet with you for a property showing and ask questions about the lease. A red flag for a scammer is when none of these items are a concern. If the person avoids phone conversations and in-person meetings, they might be hiding something.
They can send you the check ASAP. Most renters are careful about sending payment to someone they haven’t met for a unit they’ve never seen. A scammer may offer to send you a check through the mail, to be deposited at a bank of their choice. Be suspicious if they’re insistent on you depositing the check at a specific bank, they offer to pay more than asking rent, or if they request your personal account information.
They refuse to give you personal information. When a prospective renter contacts you about a vacancy, it’s logical to ask for a phone number and contact information. In the case of foreign renters, be safe by asking for copies of their visa or employer contracts. When a renter refuses to send you any documentation, or makes excuses for why they can’t, be cautious about moving forward with the application process.
Having a screening policy in place will protect you from and deter rental scams. If you state that background checks and credit reports are a requirement for the qualification process, scammers will be more likely to move on to listings that do not state these as a prerequisite to rent. Always complete a background check to confirm a renter’s identity.
This is a common concern which can be answered by utilizing this helpful calculator provided by the NY Times; http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/business/buy-rent-calculator.html?ref=realestate
This article regarding violence in Staten Island schools appeared in the Staten Island Advance Sunday September 9th 2012;
People who live in the Wagner Houses in East Harlem need to turn this subhuman in asap!
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