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Port Jefferson mayor considers options to curb uptick in violent crime

One of the measures she could take is instituting a curfew of 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2021, 7:35 PM

Updated 1,125 days ago


Port Jefferson Mayor Margot Garant says she is considering numerous options to get a handle on the recent uptick in violence in the quaint village.
One of the measures she could take is instituting a curfew of 2 a.m. instead of 4 a.m.
Roger Rutherford, the Port Jefferson Business Improvement District president, says that is not the answer, saying that a fatal daytime shooting in March had nothing to do with the bar scene.
"We have to be tough in policing, that whenever there is a crime that's committed, it's prosecuted and followed through," he said. "…We cannot let the petty crimes and petty violence to go on because that's going to escalate into what you saw here a few nights ago."
Investigators say 19-year-old Joseph Garcia was the gunman who pulled the trigger, killing 25-year-old David Bliss Jr. on Main Street. He was charged with second-degree murder.
Over the weekend, two young men were shot in the parking lot outside Tommy's Place on Main Street after an argument early Saturday morning. Ethan Ladd, of Port Jefferson Station, is facing two counts of assault and was released on bail Monday.
Thomas Schafer, the owner of Tommy's Place, says the young men involved in Saturday's shooting were not in his bar. He called the mayor’s possible curfew plan “despicable” so early into the season and on the back of a pandemic-stricken year.
Garant has also called for more Suffolk police officers to patrol. Suffolk police released a statement:
“The department has officers specifically tasked with patrolling the Village of Port Jefferson during peak times of activity. Additionally, the department is in the process of bolstering patrols on the weekends."

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