Updated 06/12/2012 03:46 PM
New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference
In Troy, the president of Sage College teamed up with local leaders to announce the first New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference. In the wake of recent crime, to many, the City of Troy seems like a good place to start. Our Solomon Syed has more.
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TROY, N.Y. -- Residents at Tuesday’s announcement say they're tired of the violence and want it to stop, but realize some of the answers may have to come from outside themselves and they believe this statewide conference may provide some solutions.
"It's like one of those things. You take two steps forward and three back."
Rocco DeFazio's smile masks his frustration. His family business, Troy's famous DeFazio's Pizzeria, has been a staple in Little Italy, through both the good times and the bad.
DeFazio said, "We've been here 60 years, so we've seen a whole change, but we still have hope that things will get better."
His hope, renewed Tuesday, by word the very event he helped organize, the first-ever New York State Neighborhood Revitalization Conference, will be held in Troy, at Russell Sage College later this year, where they'll look for new ways to treat what currently plagues the city.
"We're concerned about violence” said Troy resident Linda O’Malley. “There have been shootings right down a block from where our community center is."
And residents believe that violence is driving people out of the city, in turn contributing to urban blight. These are big issues that aren't confined to the Collar City.
"The City of Troy, like many other cities across the state, are suffering from the same situations. It's time that we come together," said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia.
And by sharing ideas with leaders from all over the state on what works in their community, it may bring about some more change in this community, namely, the good kind.
"Safety is number one,” DeFazio said. “Safety is number one and that's going to be a big focus of the conference."
And that conference will be held September 21 and 22nd on the Russell Sage Campus. For more information about the event and how to get involved, visit nyneighborhoods.org.