Huntington Station residents vent to police

More than 100 people packed the monthly police community meeting at the South Huntington Library Wednesday to demand swift action against recent violence. Community members marched to Huntington Town

News 12 Staff

Oct 23, 2014, 12:51 AM

Updated 3,499 days ago

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Huntington Station residents vent to police
More than 100 people packed the monthly police community meeting at the South Huntington Library Wednesday to demand swift action against recent violence.
Community members marched to Huntington Town Hall Tuesday night to remember Maggie Rosales, 18, who was found on Lynch Street with stab wounds to her torso last week. The Walt Whitman High School senior was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made.
Residents then vented their frustrations at a Huntington Town Board, in which Suffolk Police Chief James Burke said they are addressing the issue.
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Burke left the town board meeting without taking questions from residents.
"This was a regularly scheduled Huntington Town Board meeting," Bellone explained. "This was not our meeting. We went to the meeting to let people know we were actively working on this issue."
At the library, the executive officer of the 2nd Precinct told residents that police started a new South Huntington initiative in July. Police say it has resulted in 293 arrests, 40 of which were "confirmed gang members."
Despite the crime stats, many residents said they no longer feel safe in their community.
There have been four unsolved homicides in South Huntington this year.


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