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Neighborhood Under Siege: The Locals

Tuesday we continue our coverage of a neighborhood under siege. Cornhill is an area plagued by crime, drugs and poverty. But people living in Cornhill want others to know the bad doesn't always outweigh the good.
Tuesday we continue our coverage of a neighborhood under siege. Cornhill is an area plagued by crime, drugs and poverty. But people living in Cornhill want others to know the bad doesn't always outweigh the good.

"Everybody always has something bad to say about Cornhill but the people that live here, we have all kinds of people here. It's a nice neighborhood. There's crime in every neighborhood. It's not that bad,” says Paul Stanley, of Cornhill.

Stanley has lived in Cornhill since 1960. He's now the director of the food bank in Cornhill. He told me Utica police chief Mark Williams let the food bank move into the current building on James Street while the old building was renovated. He says the police are doing their part in Cornhill.

"They're here every day. They stop in, they stop in to check on us and I love it," he says.

But not everyone in Cornhill feels the same about police presences in the neighborhood. One person I talked to didn't want to put his face or name on TV. He says the police only come around on certain occasions.

"Not unless you call them. Otherwise it's not like the old days just having the cop walking the beat, you know, looking around. Now you see mostly none at all...mostly our youth needs mentors and why can't the police be mentors here?” he asked. “Why can't they come out and be mentors here instead of going out every Christmas and going on a shopping spree. How about them coming out on these streets and saying hello to these kids, play basketball or give them a little encouragement...We have a lot of things going on people are trying to better themselves."

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