BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Residents near the University at Buffalo's south campus met Monday night to discuss possible solutions to problems with raucous, off-campus parties.
Some neighbors tell News 4 they often see as many as 300-people attending weekend parties in the University District. Fears have been running high ever since an 18-year-old UB student died at a home on Winspear Avenue earlier this month. However, police have given no indication that alcohol played any role in his death.
But residents say alcohol fuels some of the worst behavior.
Mickey Vertino said, "You get a bottle of water, fill it up with booze, start getting smashed on the way to the parties. I've talked to people that won't even take the buses anymore because they feel like it's just too loud and disruptive, and this is students."
"Last year, the year before that, there were more and more and it just keeps happening, every year it's more and more, it's worse and worse," Kelly Donaher added. "Coming off the buses, they're just parading down the street in large groups, waves of them, drunk, disorderly."
Candy Hayes said, "There's a small contingent that are destroying our neighborhood and we're trying to get that solved."
Representatives from Buffalo Common Council, police and the university attended Monday night's meeting at the Gloria Parks Community Center.
UB released the following statement regarding residents concerns:
"The university is very aware that residents of University Heights are very concerned about quality of life issues in the Heights, particularly those issues involving loud and disruptive behavior.
"Over the past five years, UB -- working with the City of Buffalo and the community -- has implemented several initiatives to improve quality of life in the Heights.
"Together, we have developed programs to address student behavior, promote safety, reduce crime, improve rental properties, assist businesses and stabilize the neighborhood's housing stock.
"We believe these joint efforts have had a positive effect on the neighborhood.
"We welcome continued discussion on how UB, the city and community leaders can work together to pursue new solutions and strengthen existing efforts to improve quality of life in the Heights."
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