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Guardian Angels starting up Albany chapter

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - After a recent spike in violence that resulted in two deaths, an anti-violence group based out of New York City has offered to patrol the streets of Albany.

They weren't met with the warmest welcome. Still, they spent the night on guard and they say they'll be back.

The founder of Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa says within the last week or so, a number of people here in Albany have reached out to him asking for help.

Almost immediately, the group was met with hostility from neighbors who say they don't think the Guardian Angels belong in their community.

"First of all how dare you come to my city and tell me what you're going to do. That is disrespect,” Vivian Kornegay, of Albany, said.

"They're our kids. What we need to do is take it back old school when they said it takes a village, it takes a village. They didn't say it takes an outsider."

They say this is a community issue that needs to be solved within.

"These many shootings, these many deaths in this short of time, of course, our city is hurt,” Kornegay said. “We have a very capable police department and we have an organization called SNUG. We have caring community members who are willing to get out in the streets and talk to our children ourselves. We can connect to them."

Mayor Sheehan says she did not ask the group to come and was never notified by them that they were coming.

Her office is responding to their arrival on Facebook. 

"Despite their best intentions, I believe this organization needs to listen to our residents impacted by violence and respect their voices."

Sliwa says after the initial confrontations, neighbors started showing support.

He also says he was able to recruit three members to their new Albany chapter. They'll be back at the start of next week to begin their training and continue their patrols and recruitment.


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