Mercy First's residential foster care program to close after window-smashing incidents

Mercy First told News 12 it will close the Residential Foster Care program on its Syosset campus. They also announced the teens who were arrested were removed from the Syosset facility.

News 12 Staff

Jun 11, 2022, 4:25 PM

Updated 682 days ago

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Syosset's Mercy First is closing its Residential Foster Care program following the arrest of six teens housed at the facility in window-smashing incidents.
Mercy First also announced the teens who were arrested were removed from the Syosset facility. The window-smashing affected several businesses nearby.
Residents in the past have been complaining about young people from Mercy First committing crimes in the neighborhood.
“We are all in an uproar,” said Anna Watanabe, Syosset. “We live very close. We're a little bit afraid now and we just hope they can straighten these kids out.”
Vicky Yang's market was one of the businesses broken into.
“If you can close that would be good so we do feel safe,” she said.
Mercy First acknowledged its taking financial responsibility for the property damage incurred by the businesses.           
Two of kids, both 16-year-olds, who were arrested and arraigned in Youth Court. A 15-year-old and two 14-year-old were released and will appear in Family Court later this month.


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