Updated 01/10/2013 05:35 PM
Big security changes for Hathorn Court
Residents worried for their safety in an Elmira apartment complex should breathe easier, according to their lawmakers. City and law enforcement officials joined with the owner of Hathorn Court to announce details about new security plans. Our Katie Husband breaks down the changes.
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ELMIRA, N.Y. -- "For those that are engaged in illegal activities in Hathorn, take note. You are not the quality of life we want or expect in Elmira. We're there, we mean business and you are not welcome," said Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore.
Tough words from Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore as she and other area leaders announced a partnership between the city, Elmira Police and All County Management, the owner of the Hathorn Court. Together, they have a new security plan in place for the complex.
"There's an awful lot of really good people that live in Hathorn Court and they need to be protected just like every other resident of the city," said Joe Duffy, 3rd District Councilmember
This comes after numerous shootings last year and last week's robbery at the 270 unit apartment complex. New in 2013, two police officers on duty, on site.
"I think will add to the quality of life to our residents and as I said, it's the final piece of the puzzle that we can put Hathorn Court back on the map as a safe, very well run environment where people will want to live," said Bill Deignan, President of All County Management.
The plan is not a shot in the dark with hope for success. City leaders say it has already worked at neighboring Heritage Park.
"They're coming out of there, that's what we're going to take care of. That's what we do, it's successful and I guarantee as I stand here Hathorn Court will be a better place to live within the next several months," said Elmira Police Chief Michael Robertson.
The partnership is effective until December 31, 2013. Then city official and law enforcement personnel will sit down to see if another agreement is needed for 2014.
All County Management will pay the city $136,000 for the two officers. A substation for the officers will come later this year.