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Senator Addabbo officiates 104COP annual swearing-in ceremony, talks bail reform and MTA funding

Jul. 14, 2023 By Anthony Medina

State Sen. Joseph P. Addabbo Jr. joined the 104 Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol for its annual swearing-in ceremony for board members on Thursday, July 13. 

The swearing-in ceremony is a tradition all too familiar for 104COP, and having it hosted on the third floor of the Christ The King High School, on 68-02 Metropolitan Ave, in Middle Village, paid homage to all the ceremonies of years past. 

104COP President Elizabeth Delacruz gifts a custom-made sign to the former civilian patrol President Mark Pearson, whose impact on the group continues long after his retirement.Photo by Anthony Medina

Joining the board for one final ceremony was former 104COP President Mark Pearson, who took over the reins of the civilian patrol group back in 2015. 8 years later, the current president, Elizabeth Delacruz, made sure to especially honor him with his own custom-made street sign. 

“I’m forever grateful for everything that you have done,” Delacruz told Pearson. “…My goal always has been to make this organization flourish so that by the time I leave, it’s in a better place than when I took over.”

104COP President Elizabeth Delacruz awards Agustin Lopez with a certificate for his active work in recruitment efforts and for sharing his knowledge from civic meetings with the civilian patrol.Photo by Anthony Medina

Agustin Lopez was also awarded a certificate during the ceremony for all of his work promoting the group and staying informed with the latest news in the greater Glendale community. 

Thomas Studley (left) and Mario Gil are sworn-in by Senator Joesph P. Addabbo Jr.Photo by Anthony Medina

Members at large Thomas Studley and Mario Gil were sworn in first by Addabbo. Then Vice President Walter Clayton Jr, Vice President Telmo Gil, Secretary Ronnie Roth, and Treasurer Eric Li were sworn-in. President Delacruz was sworn-in soon after. 

104COP Treasurer Eric Li (left), 1st Vice President Walter Clayton Jr, Secretary Ronnie Roth, and 2nd Vice President Telmo Gil, are sworn-in by Senator Addabbo.Photo by Anthony Medina

Addabbo extended his thanks to 104COP members and their work. He also briefed the group on recent legislation expected to take effect soon, including updates to bail reform and funding to the MTA through the racing, gaming, and wagering senate committee, which the senator chairs. 

President Elizabeth Delacruz is the last to be sworn-in to her position by Senator Addabbo.Photo by Anthony Medina

Representatives of Assemblywoman Jenifer Rajkumar and Councilman Bob Holden’s office also visited the group and thanked them for their continued service. Holden’s office praised the group for its ability to continue representing a portion of the NYPD Precinct and engage in the community in a meaningful way. 

104COP also thanked elected officials for recent funds shared with the group, totaling roughly $50,000. Councilwoman Joann Ariola allocated $5,000 to the group. A grant through Rajkumar’s office allotted 25,000 and Senator Addabbo’s office provided $20,000 in funds. 

“I think we are being blessed because we have received so much money, but it’s not even just the money itself. It’s the gratitude.” Delacruz said. 

104COP is actively recruiting more members. Those interested and want to learn more about the civilian patrol group can visit their website at 104COP.org or connect through their Facebook page 104th Precinct Civilian Observation Patrol – G-COP. 

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