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Holiday Safe & Sober Campaign

The Port Washington Police District has announced that they are participating in New York’s Holiday Safe & Sober Campaign.  This campaign will run from Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25.

In 2013, 290,000 Americans were injured and 10,076 deaths were caused by drunk driving accidents. In an effort to reduce this number, the Port Washington Police District is engaging in aggressive enforcement of impaired driving offenses.  Sustained impaired driving enforcement, together with periodic high visibility crackdowns such as the Safe & Sober Campaign, is the key to making our community safer. The funding for this campaign was provided by the Nassau County “STOP DWI” through a grant from the New York State “STOP DWI Coordinators Foundation by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee”.

Please don’t drink and drive!

– Submitted by the Port Washington Police District

Free Smoke Detectors

The Port Washington Crisis Relief Team is a community organization working with the Red Cross on a new Home Fire Safety Preparedness Campaign. They will be installing smoke detectors to any Port Washington family that needs one for FREE. The installation date is May 30. Any Port Washington resident can go to the PWCRT table at PortFest on May 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and sign up for an appointment for a free installation. The goal of the program is to reduce the numbers of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% over the next 5 years. Anyone interested in volunteering to be a part of this campaign can email Vivian Moy at For more information on the Home Fire Safety Preparedness Campaign, go to

Vivian Moy of Port Washington Crisis Relief Team at PortFest 2014

Vivian Moy of Port Washington Crisis Relief Team at PortFest 2014


Police Department Expands Community Outreach

In recent months, under the leadership of Police Chief James Salerno and with the active support of the Board of Commissioners, the Port Washington police department has implemented a new approach to community outreach. The leaders of the department are hitting the road to hold small community meetings and the Board of Commissioners is planning a series of public board meetings at locations other than police headquarters.

Port Washington Police Safety Forum at Port North Village Hall on April 15

Port Washington Police Safety Forum at Port North Village Hall on April 15

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Arrest of Sands Point Doctor

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Police Department Acting Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced that a joint investigation led to the arrest on April 14 of several individuals including Dr. Anthony J. Moschetto, 52, a resident of Sands Point, who is a cardiologist with an office in Great Neck. Moschetto, along with James Chmela, 43, of Selden, and James Kalamaras, 41, of Suffolk County, are charged with selling assault rifles and drugs during the course of a complex murder-for-hire plot against a competing doctor.

Anthony Moschetto

Anthony Moschetto

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Cetta Sworn In By PW Police Department

Michele Cetta Jr. was sworn in as an officer of the Port Washington Police Department. He is flanked from left by Deputy Chief Robert DelMuro, Commissioner Angela Lawlor Mullins, Chief Jim Salerno, Commissioner Jim Duncan Commissioner Dave Franklin and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Morris.Cetta_041515A


Honorary Chief Appointed

FireChief_040815AOn Saturday, March 28, the Port Washington Fire Department and the Protection Engine Co. No. 1 honored Harold “Porky” Poole and celebrated with him on reaching his 75th year of service to the department and the community. It is an achievement that no other member of the Protection Engine Company has attained. And, it is likely that his tenure as an active member has never been equaled by anyone who has served in the Port Washington Fire Department. [Read more…]

Increased Police Calls in 2014

The numbers are in for 2014. The Port Washington Police District responded to more calls in all categories last year than it did in 2013.

Blotter calls were up from 9026 to 9366, an increase of 340. The “Blotters” include all calls the PD responds to. Medical assistance calls were up from 1589 to 1641, an increase of 52. And, auto accidents were up from 390 to 412.PoliceCalls_040115A

Deputy Chief Robert DelMuro told the Port News that he could not explain the increase in overall calls, but does attribute the increase in medical aided calls to the increase in senior citizen housing in Port Washington. Medical aided calls are people in need of some type of medical assistance.

DelMuro said: “I know that with the overall increase in calls, officers are working harder to keep up and they are doing an excellent job. In 2013 we fell a bit behind in our manpower. We hired three new officers at the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014″.

The police district hires from the civil service list and so had to wait for a new test to be given in 2014 before it could complete its staffing. DelMuro said the department hired four new officers in February.

“I would just like to say that our police officers and detectives are doing a great job keeping up with the increase in calls despite being short handed,” said DelMuro.


New Port Police

Officer_021815AThe Port Washington Police District recently swore in two police recruits and one police officer. (From left:) Deputy Chief Robert Del Muro, Police Chief James Salerno, Police Officer John Steadman, Police Recruit Kyle Lewis, Police Recruit Jordan Sichel and Deputy Chief Jeffrey Morris


Accident On West Shore

Accident_021815AAn accident on West Shore Road early Monday morning knocked down four power poles and stopped traffic in both directions for what police estimated would be the full day.

According to police, a vehicle traveling on West Shore Road crashed into a power pole around 12:30 a.m. That pole fell and took down three more. [Read more…]

Aid For Fire Victims

The community is rallying for the victims of last week’s early morning fire that sank one houseboat and damaged five others.
A fundraiser will be held at the Polish American Hall Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. Admission will be $25, with all proceeds going to the victims.
Music that evening will feature Alter Ego, Ricky Roche, John Ford of the Strawbs, “Killer” Joe Ferror, Mike Nugent, Mark Mancini, Felix Cabrera and others. Information can be found on the Facebook page “Help the Haven Houseboaters.” [Read more…]