Cops visit grandma who 'threatened' mayor

April 24, 2009 3:29:09 PM PDT
An 82-year-old Queens grandmother got quite a surprise when the NYPD showed up at her door. She had called 311 to try and get some help. But officials said she was threatening to show up at Mayor Bloomberg's house.Margaret Ionescu would like to know who is at the door at her Astoria apartment. But the new door installed in her building after a fire has a peephole about six inches above her head. It was just one of the post-fire problems she has had in her apartment.

"Every day, call, please, 311," she said. "Call 311 for help."

She said she called 311 several times and didn't always get the kind of attention she felt she deserved. She admits she got a little angry and maybe said some things that may not have been appropriate.

"I believe she has to do whatever she needs to do to make the people pay attention to her," superintendent Sergio Cabrera said.

Well, they paid attention. Ionescu, a mother and grandmother who gets around best with a walker, apparently told a 311 operator that if she didn't get some help from the city, she would show up at the mayor's East Side townhouse. And then, they paid attention.

"We have to take any threat to the mayor or any public official seriously," police commissioner Ray Kelly said. "We responded as we do to all threats.

Well, she didn't mean it as a threat. And the police eventually figured that out.

Now, some of the work has already gotten done. Though she still can't see whose at the door.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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