Residents Say Some Utica College Students Are Disrupting Neighborhood

Residents Say Some Utica College Students Are Disrupting Neighborhood

33 complaints in 3 years; That's how many times the Utica Police Department has answered calls to Downer Avenue and Caroline Street near Utica College.
33 complaints in 3 years; That's how many times the Utica Police Department has answered calls to Downer Avenue and Caroline Street near Utica College.

It's a quiet, residential community by day, but by night, some residents say their neighborhood becomes loud, disruptive, and even violent. Community members say it's become more than rowdy parties, and they want it to stop.

"It's been a nightmare basically. These kids have no respect for the properties or the neighbors," says Alicia Boyd, Caroline Street resident.

Residents up and down the street share similar feelings.

"They pee on my truck, pee on my house, they antagonize my dogs, I don't need this around here," says Justin Buckley, Downer Avenue resident.

We tried to talk with students at both properties but most didn't want to comment. One student resident who asked to remain anonymous says his neighbors are overreacting.

"On the weekends we do have people over and I don't think it's as bad as people say it is. It's pretty controlled the people we invite are our friends," says anonymous student resident.

But residents like Alicia Boyd say that's not the case.

"You've got 70, 80, 100 people urinating all over, fighting, loud noises," says Boyd.

Boyd says these problems have been going on for over 3 years and they've only become worse. That's why she says she started a neighborhood petition.

"To get the neighbors all ban together so we can do something about the situation," says Boyd.

We reached out to the Utica Police Department and they say they've already taken action through the nuisance abatement process.

"It's designed to go after absentee landlords that rent to people that are in and out quick either their involved in some time of illegal activity whether it be drug dealing to just noise, constantly disrupting the neighborhood like what we have in this situation," says Sgt. Steve Hauck, Utica Police Department.

Sgt. Hauck says now it's in the city's hands. There will be hearings with all the parties involved to decide appropriate punishments. We also spoke with Utica College officials and they say they have started meeting with the students living in those homes.

"They are accountable not only to the laws of the community and abide by community standing, and there also accountable to us, they're code of student conducts extends beyond the borders of the college and we will hold them accountable accordingly," says Steve Pattarini, Utica College Vice President for Student Affairs.

We also want to reiterate he properties in question are not owned by Utica College but by a Long Island landlord. Both Utica Police and Utica College say they're working together to solve this problem, and future housing problems.
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