A group of Port Chester residents have been commenting via the Facebook group “Making Port Chester a better place” – and they’re planning to come together in person Thursday night in a town-hall-style meeting.
Keith Morlino started the group in August after speaking up at a village board meeting about crime. That was in the wake of the infamous private surveillance video that went viral; it showed a man passed out on North Main Street as bar patrons streamed past in the early morning hours – some searching his pockets to steal from the man. Two people were later charged with stealing and the theft victim was charged with trespassing.
Based on the Facebook comments, topics likely to come up in the meeting are local crime, overcrowded housing and schools, soliciting, loitering and other “quality of life” issues, along with the village’s reputation.
Morlino, a sales rep and a third-generation Port Chester resident, envisions citizen committees that can work with the village to solve problems. “All I’m trying to do is get people together and talk,” he said. “We’ve got some pretty smart people in town…. If someone comes up with a better idea, I’m for it.”
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Port Chester Senior Community Center, behind village hall at 222 Grace Church St.