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Kids in our area have a safe place Thursday night to have fun for Halloween, thanks to the Newburgh Youth Empowerment Center. Jessica Chen has more.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Dozens of kids spent their Halloween at the Youth Empowerment Center in Newburgh Thursday night.
The facility, which opened about a month ago, is a regular place for city kids to be mentored and for them to stay off the streets.
"Halloween has this kind of double edged deal going on, particularly with places where there's issues," said City of Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.
She said with many kids going door to door trick or treating, the kids at the center are kept indoors, looked after by organizers.
"You have to make sure you got a safe place for kids to come and play, get there trick or treats, know that what they're going to get is going to be safe," said Mayor Kennedy.
Officials with the Newburgh Police Department said they have extra patrol officers on the street.
"There is more kids on the street, more chances of a car accident and kids being hurt, so they want to have people out to make sure people are safe," said Lt. Tom Murphy with the City of Newburgh Police Department.
And though indoors, the kids still got their fair share of the Halloween spirit.
"Oh man, candy, they're in candy heaven now," said organizer Pastor Roni Austin.