Mayor Miner Reveals Dozens of Police Calls to Properties Scheduled to be Demolished by the Land Bank, Including Arsons, Shots Fired, And Drug Complaints

The 60 Properties Scheduled for Land Bank Demolition Before the Common Council Voted to Defund Have Received Dozens of Police Calls

Miner: Vacant, Blighted Properties Are Havens for Criminal Activity and These 60 Land Bank Properties Are Some of Our Neighborhood’s Worst Offenders

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mayor Stephanie A. Miner revealed today police calls at all 60 properties slated for demolition by the Land Bank prior to the Common Council’s decision to defund the organization. Calls were made on nearly every property and ranged from routine property checks to serious issues including arson, shots fired, and drug complaints.

“Blighted properties are not only an eyesore in our neighborhoods but strain the limited resources of the police and fire departments. Vacant and blighted properties become havens for criminal activity and these 60 properties are some of the worst offenders,” said Syracuse Mayor Stephanie A. Miner. “Considering the Council’s irresponsible cuts to the police and fire budgets, we cannot afford to leave these properties standing in our neighborhoods. I urge Councilors to do the right thing for our constituents and fully fund the Land Bank.”

Most properties on the list of previously scheduled, city-funded demolitions have received at least one “property check” call, where officers respond to an inquiry about the status of an otherwise vacant property. Several properties have been subject to calls for fire assistance, including 339-34 Rich Street, which has been the site of two reported arsons. 247 Richmond Ave was struck by bullets in a shots fired incident.

A full list of calls is available here: Land Bank – Defunded Demo List