"Victory Over Violence" is our ongoing campaign to highlight people and organizations making a difference in our communities.
Monday we're focusing on a neighborhood coming together to fight crime, one block at a time as the issue of violence in our streets heats up between NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly and community leaders.
The new Astoria neighborhood watch program has "graduated" the first of it's 24 recruits. Block watchers are trained by the police to have a basic understanding of how to detect suspicious characters and behavior. The "block watchers" inititaive was created after numerous troubling criminal incidents plagued Astoria this past fall - including an attempted rape, three shootings in one weekend, gropings and car break-ins.
We talked to Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr. and Astoria resident/"Block Watcher" Bronwyn Burke.