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Emergency Community Meeting Called Over Hudson Avenue Holidays

The problem of the hundreds, if not thousands of people flooding the block of Albany between Ontario and Quail streets has become a pressing issue


ALBANY—An emergency community meeting will be held Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to discuss public safety issues in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

Tenth Ward Councilman Owusu Anane said the meeting will be held at the Police Athletic League building at 844 Madison Ave. Anane scheduled the meeting after large crowds had gathered on Hudson Avenue on successive weekends. Early Sunday morning, six people were shot on Hamilton Street as city police tried to clear crowds on Hudson.

None of the victims were students and it remains unclear if this shooting was related to fights that broke out on Hudson Avenue.

The problem of the hundreds, if not thousands, of people flooding Hudson Avenue between Ontario and Quail streets has become a pressing issue for the city and the city’s higher education institutions. The parties are held in a neighborhood heavily populated by students, but thanks to a variety of factors, including social media, hundreds of people from the city and surrounding area show up.

City police said they were thrown bottles and had to deploy pepper spray to force people off the streets after some groups initially refused to budge.