Volume 77 / Number 32 Jan. 9 - 15, 2008
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

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Villager photo by Jefferson Siegel

Front row, from left, Officer Elizabeth Loughran, Detective Jaime Hernandez, Josh Yalovsky, David Yalovsky and Susan Leibowitz. Rear, from left, Lieutenant Ray Jansen, Lieutenant Maureen Gill and Sergeant Nick Kuliecza

9th is honored to get honorary member’s ’30s photo

Susan Leibowitz, her husband, David Yalovsky, and their son, Josh Yalovsky, 13, traveled from their home in Montreal last week to present a copy of a photograph to the Ninth Precinct that her late father had left behind. The photo is a composite of headshots of officers from the East Village precinct from the 1930s, including a photo of her father, Louis Leibowitz, as a young boy, at the bottom just right of center.

Louis Leibowitz was born in 1915 and lived in a tenement at 318 E. Fifth St., directly across from the precinct. He spent his childhood and youth running errands for the police. While a student at Seward Park High School, he also helped the police with paperwork.

He wanted to become an officer, but at 5 foot 7 inches tall, he was too short to meet the height requirements of the time.

He died last year at the age of 91. In later years, he pasted a more contemporary shot of himself in the upper left-hand corner of the old Ninth Precinct photo.

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