At tonight's Kingston Common Council meeting Matt Ryan, and his crew gathered and took the podium addressing the council in a very rude manner throwing around wild accusations about things they know nothing about. They also talked about the crime issue, how it's out of control.. I swear you'd think we lived in the South Bronx from the way these nuts carried on. Then a person approached the podium and gave a passionate speech that addressed the real issues and put the whacko's in there place. '' Is there crime, yes, but all I hear is this Alderman is doing this and this one not doing that...there is crime here and this there...when are we going to stop playing the blame game and start addressing the problems?" exclaimed Shirley Whitlock, a candidate for 4th Ward Alderman... finally a voice of reason. Mrs. Whitlock is absolutely right, month after month the same group of people come and complain but they never have any solution. It's always the same b.s., I'm going to tape next months public speaking session and just replay it every month so they don't have to waste a trip coming down to City Hall.
Oddly enough the statistics for serious crime have been released for this quarter and Crime is down, again, this time by 11%. Sottile attributed the continued decline in reported crimes as proof the police department, under his administration and aided by special funding initiatives, is attacking the problem.
"It says to me is that we are addressing crime in the proper way, attacking it aggressively," Sottile said. "You are never going to eradicate all crime from your community, but I think that the message is clear her that we are reducing it."
The city, using FBI standards, defines "serious crime" as murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and vehicle theft.