You are reading

Holden calls for NYPD to launch an operation targeting illegal moped riders in district

Jul. 31, 2023 By Anthony Medina

In recognition of the growing issue of illegal moped and motorbike riders in the city, Councilman Robert Holden sent a letter to NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey and Chief of Patrol John Chell to initiate the launch of a targeted operation against illegal moped activity in his district, on Thursday, July 27.

Holden said illegal moped riders continue to drive recklessly, run red lights, and park illegally on the sidewalk. He also mentioned the busy commercial areas of Grand Avenue, Myrtle Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, and Metropolitan Avenue being riddled with mopeds.

“While the increase in moped use is not new, the situation has escalated dramatically in the past few months. My constituents and I have observed a significant number of mopeds being parked illegally in pedestrian walkways, bike lanes, and other restricted areas,” Holden wrote in his letter. “Additionally, there has been an alarming number of mopeds without visible license plates, which poses a serious safety risk and hinders law enforcement efforts.”

The benefits of conducting targeted towing efforts and regular patrols will better dissuade moped owners from parking on sidewalks and driving without license plates, Holden said. He also looks forward to working with the NYPD collaboratively.

“Furthermore, I believe that public awareness campaigns should accompany this initiative to educate businesses and the mopeds’ owners that parking regulations and proper licensing are taken seriously by our community residents,” Holden said.

Councilman Holden serves the neighborhoods of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Woodhaven, and Woodside.

Recent News

Priest imposter who allegedly robbed Queens church arrested in California after nationwide hunt

A bald-headed burglar who allegedly posed as a priest to gain entry to the rectory at American Martyrs Roman Catholic Church in Oakland Gardens—before robbing a real reverend of $900—was arrested in California earlier this month.

Malin Rostas, 45, of New York, was arrested by deputies from the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station, which is part of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office, on an outstanding burglary warrant out of Pennsylvania. Rostas, believed to be a serial thief, was wanted by jurisdictions across the nation.

Flushing man indicted in fatal collision that killed 10-year-old boy in East Elmhurst last month: DA

A Flushing man was indicted by a Queens grand jury in a fatal collision that killed an 8-year-old boy in East Elmhurst last month.

Jose Barcia, 52, is accused of speeding through a crosswalk while making a left turn, killing Bayron Palomino Arroyo and injuring his 10-year-old brother Bradley on Mar. 13. The grand jury indictment was filed on Apr. 18, and Barcia will be arraigned on May 2, according to Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

Glendale man indicted for murder in fatal stabbing of girlfriend at a Maspeth tavern: DA

A Glendale man was indicted by a Queens grand jury for murder and weapons charges for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend at an Irish pub in Maspeth last month.

Marcin Pieciak, 36, of 76th Street, was arraigned Friday in Queens Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with murder for allegedly stabbing Sarah McNally, while she was working as a bartender at The Céilí House—before slitting his own throat.