BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Tuesday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown asserted violent crime is dropping in the Queen City.
But there remains evidence to the contrary. Less than 24 hours ago, a young woman was killed and a man injured in a double shooting on the city's east side.
Now Erie County Legislators, Betty Jean Grant and Timothy Hogues are calling for a meeting with Mayor Brown, Sheriff Tim Howard, State Police and even the FBI. They say more needs to be done to stop street violence, because the strategies Buffalo is using now - including the gun buyback program - simply aren't enough.
Specifically, Grant says, she'd like to see the city hire more police officers, put more patrols in neighborhoods on the east and west sides, and team up with sheriff's deputies and State Troopers.
"When people are dying, that should be the priority. And maybe resources can be directed from other areas, maybe something that's not as critical. We're in a state of emergency," Grant said.
Hogues added, "Last year, two individuals were shot right in front of my home. One was killed. And so I have a vested interest in this. This is not political. This is saying that, 'Hey, we need to really change some things around here.'"
Mayor Brown says, the things Grant's asking for are already happening.
"We've already got the assistance of State Troopers, of the Erie County Sheriff's [Office]. We work with the FBI; we work with the DEA. We already have an unprecedented level of assistance, partnership, and communication," Mayor Brown assured.
Sheriff Howard says his office is "proud" to assist the Buffalo Police whenever and wherever possible. But, he says, the legislators and the judicial system have to do their parts too by giving police adequate resources and not allowing "soft" sentences for criminals.
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