NYPD boss created illegal smoking lounge at station house

A Brooklyn NYPD boss doled out comp time to his cops so they would turn a dingy station house garage into a private cigar lounge — where officers puff away in violation of city and state law, The Post has learned.

Capt. Anthony Longobardi — a key figure in the 2014 “stop and fix” scandal involving Eric Garner’s mom — and his smoking buddies routinely stink up the 62nd Precinct headquarters with their stogies, sources said.

“A lot of cops are unhappy about it and complain about it in-house,” one source said.

Shortly after being named commanding officer in September, Longobardi offered the comp time to cops so they would clean out and paint the garage walls after their shifts, another source said.

Photos obtained by The Post show two cigar boxes — including one labeled “Cuba Selectos” — along with a humidor, a cigar cutter and two lighters atop an oak coffee table surrounded by an off-white, sectional sofa and several folding chairs in a corner near the precinct’s bicycle fleet.

Capt. Anthony LongobardiNew York City Police Department

Other photos of the 62nd Precinct garage show a standing, silver-colored ashtray holding cigar butts and wrappers, and either a pair of tank-top propane heaters or electric space heaters pointed toward the seating area.

Longobardi restricts access to the lounge — and only lets a select group of cops light up there, with one source saying: “It’s for certain people, the CO’s favorite people.”

They include Lt. Mohamed Eltony, another source said, adding that Eltony has served as Longobardi’s integrity control officer — a role that’s supposed to help prevent corruption.

The manager of a nearby tobacco store, the Cigar Emporium at 1953 86th Ave., said a group of cops regularly visits his store to stock up on Java brand cigars, including in mint and latte flavors.

“They’re regular customers. I know they’re cops because they wear uniforms,” said Charles Kim, 26.

“They say they smoke in a lounge in the city.”

New York City banned smoking in all government-owned buildings in 1995, according to NYC Smoke-Free, a program of the city-funded Public Health Solutions non-profit group.

Under an expanded anti-smoking law signed by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002 — and a similar state law signed by then-Gov. George Pataki — violations are punishable by fines of up to $2,000 each.

Prior to assuming command of the 62nd, Longobardi was executive officer of the 67th Precinct in…

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