Third Police Precinct
Captain Ralph Carozza
Yonkers Police Third Precinct
The Third Precinct services the southwest quadrant of the city, bordered by the Bronx on the south, the Yonkers/Nepperhan Ave. / Prospect St. corridor on the north, and situated between the Hudson River on the west and the Saw Mill River Parkway on the east. This section of the city has a very high population density, with approximately one-third of the city’s population (60,000-65,000) living in approximately 17% of the city’s land area. The area is home to many old, established neighborhoods, as well as some of the oldest housing stock in the city, and many of the streets are filled with multi-family dwellings such as tenements and apartment buildings. In one block – Riverdale Avenue between Prospect and Vark Streets – 9 large apartment buildings house approximately 10 % of the precinct’s population (more than 6,000 people). This block also accounts for a large number of our calls for service. The population of the precinct represents a cross section of various races, cultures, ethnicities, and languages from all over the world, and every level of the socio-economic spectrum. The predominant culture is Latino, with most residents from Mexico and Central America.
There has also been a long-standing Arabic Community in our precinct that consisted primarily of Jordanian Christians, although the last decade has seen a significant influx of people of Palestinian, Syrian, and Egyptian descent, mostly Islamic. More recent immigrants include a large segment from the countries of western Africa and south central Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh), many of whom have settled in the Riverdale Ave. area. The area is a mix of dense residential and commercial usage, with a very small section of industrial facilities along the Hudson River.
The County of Westchester operates a Sewage Treatment Plant in the extreme southwest corner of the precinct. The Metro-North commuter rail line runs through the western edge of the precinct, with one station – Ludlow – within our boundaries. There are 20 parks, 13 schools, 25 churches, 2 synagogues, 4 senior citizen housing units, 5 senior community centers, and one major public housing complex.
The Third Precinct Community Council, led by its President, Bob Stauf, meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Peter Chema Community Center, adjacent to the precinct at 435 Riverdale Ave.
3rd Precinct Sector Map (.pdf)