(Brooklyn Eagle) – Police Commissioner James O’Neill updated Brooklyn’s business community on the city’s improving crime statistics, took questions and promised to solve a nagging neighborhood issue at Tuesday’s Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce’s Newsmakers event.
The breakfast meeting was also notable as Chamber President Carlo Scissura bid farewell to members with this, his final Newsmakers. Heading the Chamber since 2012, he’s stepping down to lead the New York Building Congress, a real estate and construction trade group.
New York as a whole is a far different city now, Police Commissioner O’Neill said, and so is Brooklyn.
“Back in the early 90s, crime was definitely out of control. Last year, in 2015, we ended up with 350 homicides [citywide], as compared to 2,200 homicides back in 1992. That’s a great testament to the hard work of everybody in the city, but it’s still 350 too many.” This year the city is on pace for somewhere between 335 and 340 homicides, he added.
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