LANSINGBURGH, N.Y. – The growing violence had residents gathered at a neighborhood watch meeting Wednesday.
The meeting took place after six fires, a fatal stabbing and drive-by shooting in less than a week. Many residents are scared and feel as if they’re fighting a war.
Patricia Miller goes to work before sunrise. She runs to her car because she’s scared.
“We just have a stoop, and I walk out on to the stoop and run and get in my car,” she said.
She and hundreds of other people came to the neighborhood watch meeting to tell the mayor and chief of police they want solutions.
“Step it up boys because something’s not right,” resident Renzo Baronti said.
“You’re concerned,” Mayor Lou Rosamilia told the crowd. “We are as concerned as you are.”
Rosamilia said the violent acts must stop.
“It’s criminal, and it won’t be tolerated,” he said.
But he said the public must play an active role and help the police.
“Not only are we working together, but we also need you to work with us,” he said.
Some people said they think area teenagers need to be brought under control.
“I think they need to get a crackdown on the younger kids, and the way they are running around unsupervised,” resident Dara Collin said.
Troy Police Chief John Tedesco urged residents to call 911 for any suspicious behavior.
“If you see it, it doesn’t feel right, you need to call police,” he said.
Rosamilia said he wouldn’t have any answers for residents Wednesday night, but he and Tedesco asked people to pick up their garbage in alley ways to deter fires, keep outdoor lights on at night and to call 911 if they feel unsafe.