Public Safety is the #1 issue in Council District 18. Though crime is historically low, one shooting is one too many and there is still more work to be done. Elvin will continue to work with both the community and the NYPD 43rd Pct to call for an end to gun violence, by working to build stronger police-community relations with the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) program, fight for much needed security cameras for our NYCHA campuses, and fight for more summer youth jobs and afterschool programs so our youth can have greater access to opportunities.
Worked with the 43rd Pct to mobilize community leaders across the district to be introduced to the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) as partners in keeping all of us safe.
Bringing Police & Community Together
Led a mediation meeting at the 43rd Pct to strengthen police-community dialog and collaboration between the NYPD, Parks Department, and community organizers to successfully ensure the Watson Classic Basketball Tournament continues to take place with public safety in mind.
Worked with NYPD Bronx Borough Command and the Bronx Dominican Day Parade (La Gran Parada Dominicana del Bronx) to bridge differences and mediate solutions to ensure the parade continues to grow with public safety in mind.
Worked with the NYPD 43rd Pct Clergy Council to organize a prayer vigil for fallen officer Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo.
Responding to Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes
In response to increase anti-Muslim incidents as a result of the national anti-Muslim rhetoric, Elvin organized a first-in-the-Bronx Muslim Public Safety Empowerment Forum with the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit and 43rd Pct, Human Rights Commission, Department of Education, Assemblyman Sepulveda, and Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s Office to address community concerns and close the gap on direct access to public safety stakeholders.
Elvin worked with the NYPD detective squad and city agencies to bring justice and holistic services to Mr. Mojibur Rahman, a Bengali Muslim man who in January of 2016, was attacked and called “ISIS” one afternoon while picking up his niece at PS 119 in Parkchester.
Worked with NYC Parks Commissioner to organize a press conference near the Bronx River to announce critical safety investments of all waterfront parks to ensure the families of Erickson Villa and Gavin Wellington, two teens who tragically drowned in the Bronx River, witnessed their city making greater investments in overall safety so that this tragedy doesn’t happen again.
Worked with former Bronx DA Robert Jackson and the Bronx Parks Commissioner to update, inform, and propose solutions to the concerns of Castle Hill residents regarding public safety in response to the tragic death of Christian Negron at Pugsley Creek Park as result of an assault.
In response to two deadly fires less than a mile apart, Elvin worked with the FDNY Office of Community Engagement to deliver over 200 free Smoke & CO Alarms at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in partnership with Council Member Annabel Palma and at the Church of the Holy Family with Assemblyman Sepulveda and District Leader Julia Rodriguez.