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Councilman David Greenfield plans to introduce legislation that stops the city from writing parking tickets on Black Friday, which is often the day upon which cops collect the most from parking tickets.

As most schools and businesses are closed on the day after Thanksgiving, people believe that parking rules are suspended. In reality, the Friday after Thanksgiving is just any other day when it comes to parking regulations.

According to the New York Daily News, twice as many parking tickets come in that day.

“People just feel like the day after Thanksgiving is a gotcha day for tickets,” said Greenfield. “There’s definitely a belief that there’s a lot more parking enforcement on that day than on other days.”

If he gets council backing, the regulation change would take effect next year.

Source: NYPD

Salvatore Perrone, the man charged with with three counts of murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the murders of three shopkeepers  pleaded not guilty on Thursday.

As more details emerge of his mental health, motive becomes more difficult to find.

Perrone, who is divorced, often spent time at Natasha Charova’s place, his girlfriend. Chernova’s neighbor Ben Elchonen said Perrone was a wannabe tough guy.

“He was the kind of guy who you could tell had watched ‘The Godfather’ too many times,” said Ben Elchonen to the Chicago Tribune.

The New York Daily News writes that a source close to the investigation reported that Perrone told interrogating officers that he works for the CIA.

Perrone is in protective custody on Rikers Island and his court date is set for Monday.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

Yesterday, as most families were finishing up cooking their Thanksgiving meals, TD Bank on may have been robbed.

TD Bank, located at 2173 86th Street, was blocked off with yellow police tape and several marked cars, emergency vehicles and police with machine guns surrounding it. At the scene, the cops were tight-lipped about what was going in.

One tipster who was there at about noon sent us this report:

I was just walking down 86th St and saw numerous squad cars, emergency service police vehicles, and the tactical force with helmets, shields and machine guns.

The TD Bank on the corner of 86th St and Bay Pkwy was covered with crime scene tape. I tried to ask what was going on but got no answer. It could be a possible robbery or attempted robbery.

The standoff lasted several hours, but little is known about what happened inside the bank, or thereafter. Where you there? Let us know what you saw.

Source: NYPD

On Wednesday, Salvatore Perrone was charged with the murders of three shopkeepers. He’s confessed to two of the slayings.

Perrone, a 64-year-old salesman, was picked up in Bay Ridge after being recognized by a tipster in a pharmacy after police released surveillance video from the scene of the last murder.

He ate, smoked and openly talked to the cops, according to the New York Daily News. He then confessed to two of the murders and fell asleep.

“He just stopped talking. Who can explain it? You’re not going to be able to explain this guy at all,” a source told the Daily News. “I’m not a psychologist, but he seems to have mental problems. He’s a little delusional.”

A police officer standing in front of police tape at She She Boutique on Thursday night also said that Perrone might just be crazy.

Investigators found a Ruger 10-22 carbine rifle with a sawed-off stock in a black duffel bag at Perrone’s girlfriend’s place.

No motive seems present as of yet. Police tried to talk to him about issues in the clothing business, his family or any links to race. Perrone didn’t flare up at any of the suggestions.

When police questioned his neighbors, they all generally agreed that he was a pest and an irksome neighbor.

“If he is convicted, we’ll throw a block party,” the neighbor said. “He’s insane. But a serial killer? That’s a long stretch.”

According to ballistic tests, the sawed-off gun that was found had been used in all of the killings.

At a press conference, NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly was smiling. He stated that ammo and a knife were found too. They’ve taken the knife in for analysis to see if it matches the wounds Isaac Kadare incurred in his neck.

“We know that he went to other locations, and asked questions that indicated that. Now that we look at them, he may very well have been planning to come back,” said Kelly.

“He does seem that he could have some mental-health issues,” said Ken Jones, a court-appointed lawyer.

“He denies all the allegations.” he added. “He denies making any incriminating statements.”

Perrone’s next scheduled court appearance is November 27.

Source: Peggy Greb via Wikimedia Commons

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! Now, I’m off to eat some tofurkey. Just kidding, that stuff is gross. I’m just going to have mashed potatoes and the tons of other awesome trimmings.

Community Education Council District 20 is hosting their monthly meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at P.S. 102 located at 211 72nd Street.

Topic covered include the appointment of Cornelia Sichenze as Principal of P.S. 102, as well as several other points.

All are welcome to attend.

Ashley, writer, photographer, blogger and perhaps teacher, found herself in a Bensonhurst school where she captured this image. The kid who painted that fallout shelter piece is kind of a genius, right?

Police have shifted their focus from the man in the sunglasses, a sketch released earlier, to the man carrying the duffel bag in a surveillance video taken at the scene of the crime.

According to an ABC article, they may have taken someone who fits the description into custody early Tuesday afternoon.

It isn’t clear yet what, if anything, the man in this surveillance video has to do with the shopkeeper serial killer. Sources for the Post state that the same man was captured on tape in Bensonhurst, close to the site where Isaac Kadare was murdered.

Though Kelly is quick to shoot down the claim.

“That’s not the case,” he said.

Instead, Kelly pointed out that the covering of the victims’ faces with an aluminum tray, cardboard or clothing may be a significant detail.

Also, police have ruled out the man with the sunglasses, stating that he had nothing to do with the slayings, according to a New York Post article.

“That was a sketch that surfaced with one of the previous murders, it is no longer relevant,” said NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. “That individual washed out again. That individual was somebody we wanted to talk to, who may have been in the area. He’s not a subject, he’s a person we simply wanted to speak to.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

Source: The U.S. Army

On the heels of Veteran’s Day, Assemblyman William Colton is stepping up for vets in our city.

From the office of Assemblyman William Colton:

Assemblyman Colton is announcing the creation of the Veterans’ Employment Portal on the NYS Division of Veterans’ Affairs website. The portal is meant to serve as a resource to veterans in obtaining and maintaining employment in both the public and private sector. The website provides links to both state and national veteran job banks with searchable databases listing thousand of jobs and employers looking to hire veterans. This program was created in response to legislation Assemblyman Colton co-sponsored and passed this year.

“Veterans have sacrificed so much in the defense of our nation and our values. We deploy them to some of the most dangerous parts of the world and it is our duty to help employ them and their skills once they come home. They deserve the dignity and respect that comes from employment,” said Assemblyman Colton.

If you are a veteran or know a veteran seeking employment, please visit: