Schenectady curfew rescinded after one night

Gary McCarthy at a Memorial Day event last week
Gary McCarthy at a Memorial Day event last week

Categories: News, Schenectady County

SCHENECTADY – Mayor Gary McCarthy on Monday rescinded the city’s curfew.

The order issued Sunday evening required everyone except emergency personnel and those commuting to essential functions to stay indoors between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m.

McCarthy issued the order late-Sunday after protests unfolded throughout the day. 

While peaceful, the mayor said officials had intelligence indicating a “threat of an imminently likely outbreak of civil unrest and disturbance” within the city. 

“These specific threats were unrelated to the peaceful protesters from the community earlier in the day,” McCarthy said in a prepared statement.

Police Chief Eric Clifford said authorities were worried people would come from outside of the area to agitate and potentially riot. 

“In addition to protecting the community, it was also meant to protect business owners,” Clifford said.

Following the large-scale protest that ended after Clifford and officers took a knee and marched around the block with demonstrators, smaller clusters continued to engage with law enforcement at police headquarters and Proctors into the early evening. 

Social media crackled with rumors that were ultimately unfounded, with the lone property damage caused by a brick thrown through the PBA window on Clinton Street, Clifford said. 

McCarthy, who has not held a formal press conference since March 13, called the peaceful resolution “nothing short of amazing.”

“In Schenectady, we believe that Black Lives Matter, and that police departments can be defined by their relationship with the community they serve,” McCarthy said.


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