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Supporting kids and families dealing with gangs

posted Oct 19, 2009, 8:24 PM by Doug Roberts   [ updated Nov 23, 2014, 3:54 PM ]
I am happy to have been able to bring The Guardian Angels to Greenport to support local kids and families dealing with the challenges of increased gang activity.  When I am on the Village Board, I will fight vigorously on behalf of Greenporters to seek solutions to problems, and will not hesitate to bring folks in who offer us help for free as The Angels have.  The Angels are not the only solution out there, but they have had a lot of success in Huntington and elsewhere.  They are already helping here and I look forward to working with them over the coming months.  I disagree with the approach our Mayor and current board have taken, insisting on secret meetings to which the public is not invited, and denouncing members of the community for meeting with The Angels on their own instead of asking for an audience with the Village Board first.  Greenporters facing the infusion of gangs into our community don't have time to wait for any "processes" that serve our Village Board's needs.  This is not about process or about any elected officials controlling a conversation. This is about a community coming together to help each other.  An important next step out of the first meeting on 11/11 was a spanish-language meeting at St. Agnes, which I helped set up in partnership with Sister Margaret Smyth on Saturday night.  You can read more about this meeting and the work The Angels are already doing in Greenport on Southold Local here.