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Drug Free Zone Public Forum

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There's a public forum in Rochester Wednesday night to talk about a proposal to create drug free zones in the city.

City Councilmember Adam McFadden wants police to be able to focus on specific areas that are drug dealing trouble spots.

McFadden says so far this legislation doesn't have the votes to pass, but says the community and authorities still need to talk about what to do about the drug problem in the city.

Residents are invited to the meeting Wednesday to share their frustrations and concerns.

McFadden wants to set up drug free zones. He says police need more tools to stop people dealing drugs.

The legislation proposes that anyone caught dealing drugs or loitering in this areas would face a $300 fine and possible jail time.

McFadden says he gets hundreds of calls from residents and business owners complaining of drug dealers continuing to do business day after day.

He says streets like Genesee Street, Chili Avenue and Frost Avenue need help.

"When you talk to people who live in some of my neighborhoods, they are very frustrated that they see people dealing drugs 24/7 without interruption. So when you have a problem area where there is high volumes of drug trafficking, shootings and violence, a police chief can come in and for five days say that this area basically cannot have anyone hanging out in it that is really what the legislation is about," said McFadden.

The drug free zone public forum is tonight at 6:30 in Council Chambers at City Hall located at 30 Church Street.

McFadden admits he doesn't think this would altogether stop the dealing of drugs, but will disrupt it and make a positive difference in these neighborhoods.

He says the legislation is now being held in committee. He says he's committed and hopes the next police chief is too.

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