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Hathorn Court Residents Meet Officers

If you search the internet for Hathorn court in Elmira, articles about murder and crime just some of the items that pop up.

Hathorn Court Residents Meet Officers
March 7, 2013
Elmira (WENY) - If you search the internet for Hathorn court in Elmira, articles about murder and crime are just some of the items that pop up. Local leaders are trying to change that, and it's starting with a constant police presence. Thursday City leaders organized the meeting to give Hathorn residents a chance to not only meet the officers assigned to protect their community, but also to talk about future plans.
     
Rocco Morelli lives in Hathorn Court. He's seen the community change in the short time police have stepped up patrols earlier this year.
    
“I've seen some things here that are changing and it's already changing,” says Morelli.
    
Chief Robertson was on hand to introduce his officers to residents attending the meeting.
     
“This is a new initiative up here in Hathorn Court the two new officers up here on a full time basis and we want the residents to be able to see them and put a face to a name,” says Robertson.
    
Although Chief Robertson says this initiative is new, this isn't the first neighborhood in Elmira police have done something like this.
     
“It's a successful program we have no doubt about it we're not reinventing the wheel with this. We've been doing it with the Elmira housing authority and Heritage Park for 20 years,” says Chief Robertson. “So we expect that we will have those same successful results here that we've had with those other entities.”
      
City Council members Nykole Parks and Joe Duffy also talked about the future plans for the community. Soon Grant money will help fund a new playground there. Jodi Crane the Executive Director of The Woodlawn Youth Center says it's people that will turn the community around, not just Police.
     
“I think its going to take the tenants and I think its going to take the families. They always say take back your neighborhood and I think that's what everybody needs to do,” says Crane.
      
Chief Robertson says crime has slowed and arrests have been made, but they're just getting started.
      
“The test is going to be later. This is winter time, the true test is going to be in the summer spring and fall, when the activity is higher but the clean up operation is going well,” says Morelli.
     
Councilman Parks says they should know how much grant money they will get for the playground by April.