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Corner markets keep Schenectady police busy

Schenectady police responded to a violent altercation at Chubby's Pizza and Deli at 1032 Crane St. on Thursday. A handgun was found by police in a garbage can.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Schenectady police responded to a violent altercation at Chubby's Pizza and Deli at 1032 Crane St. on Thursday. A handgun was found by police in a garbage can.
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Number of police calls in the past 26 months for 10 targeted corner stores Zaid Discount, 808 Albany St., 1026 Chubby’s, 1032 Crane St., 775 Hulett St. Market/IBB Palace, 780 State St., 633 Zaid Food Market, 807 Albany St., 288 Best Market, 1100 Albany St., 230 IBB Grocery, 502 Schenectady St., 131 Get and Go, 1848 Watt St., 117 NABS, 1699 Van Vranken Ave., 107 Fabio’s Grocery, 859 Albany St., 79 Lucky Market, 752 Albany ...


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safny
May 4, 2014
6:50 a.m.

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Who are the people loitering outside these stores? I'm guessing they are unemployed and have nothing better to do all day and night. Rather than waiting for calls from the stores and going in to inspect them - do the police have regular patrols that go slowly by these stores? I am sure that a marked car sitting nearby would help, even if only for a few minutes. I think that blaming the stores for what goes on in the neighborhoods makes no sense. Look at where those stores are - there are no groceries in those areas and everyone who goes into them is not a criminal.

rentable
May 4, 2014
8:26 a.m.

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A huge issue here, which needs addressing, is the effect these corner stores have on the quality of life in the adjoining neighborhoods. Chubby's, on Crane Street, is right next to the Mt. Pleasant branch of the Schenectady County Public Library, a place where dozens of children visit every day. This is not a good situation at all and if for no other reason, should compel the city fathers to action in trying to get rid of the illegal activity surrounding the stores.

SchenectadyScott
May 4, 2014
11:18 a.m.

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Does anyone think that if there was a store like Price Chopper in these neighborhoods that there would be no loitering? This is where the hub of activity is..people will loiter, hang out. No they are not working, may be if a Price Chopper was there they would be working in them as they would create jobs for the need of stores in these areas. We only have on super market in the whole city and these corner stores are fulfilling the need. These stores can not afford security like a PC or other super market type stores. Patrols would cut down the traffic.

JIMOCONNOR
May 4, 2014
11:26 a.m.

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39+ CALLS A MONTH

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