Community forum held to discuss growing violence in Rochester
ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – Hoping to meet with the Rochester City Council, leaders of some local neighborhood groups have shared their frustrations over the increase in violence.
Many at the table Wednesday night wondered aloud if the city’s leaders really cared. Some pointed to vacant homes and businesses being used as havens for criminals.
Other people at the table wanted to know why more hasn’t been done to prevent crime in areas known for violence.
“You know what really bothers me? I put my life on the line there walking the streets and now they want to let it go back to where it came from,” one person said at the meeting.
Forum attendees also wanted a breakdown of how money targeted for poor areas of Rochester is being spent.
A diverse group of business owners and residents called an emergency meeting this week with the Neighborhood Services Manager and City Council – but that meeting has been postponed until next week.
In a letter to the city, the group writes:
“After every shooting, our elected officials say that city government and police alone cannot solve gun and violence issues ‘without the public’. “We are here, we are ready to help. But we want to know what you want specifically, in detail from us, the audience.