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Leader of crime-fighting group vows to keep patrolling Albany

July 12, 2018 07:19 PM

ALBANY - The leader of the Guardian Angels, Curtis Sliwa, says he will be back in Albany next Tuesday and every Tuesday for the foreseeable future.

His crime-fighting group from New York City was patrolling the streets of Albany earlier this week, in response to recent gun violence.

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Some members of the community wanted to know who invited the Angels to Albany.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the city's response to the violence needs to be community driven.

"This declaration of 'I'm going to come there whether I'm welcome or not,' I think it's counterproductive, because communities become safer when there is legitimacy and trust and cooperation that exists between law enforcement and the people living in those neighborhoods," explained Sheehan.

Meanwhile, the Albany Police Officers Union released a statement late Thursday, expressing support for its vice president, Greg McGee.

Earlier this week, McGee posted a message on Facebook criticizing the mayor and the acting police chief for policy changes and a lack of uniformed police officers. The post was later taken down.

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