11/14/14 7:00am
11/14/2014 7:00 AM
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa at Tuesday's community meeting in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa at Tuesday’s community meeting in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

The Guardian Angels will not rid the North Fork of gangs. Nor will the Southold Town Police Department or any sort of law enforcement task force.

No elected official will ever put forward a magical piece of legislation that solves the problem, either. And while school administrators can discipline or expel any student they suspect is involved in gang activity, there will always be some element of it in our schools and on our streets.  (more…)

11/12/14 11:56am
11/12/2014 11:56 AM
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa spoke for more than 90 minutes with members of the Greenport community Tuesday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa spoke for more than 90 minutes with members of the Greenport community Tuesday evening. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa met with a crowd of more than 40 local residents inside a classroom at St. Agnes R.C. Church in Greenport Tuesday.

During the more than 90-minute meeting he said his organization will again be patrolling the streets of Greenport. He also emphasized the importance of having a presence in the schools and deterring the youth from joining gangs.

You can listen to an audio recording of the meeting by clicking on the link below.

11/12/14 12:10am
Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa at Tuesday's community meeting in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa at Tuesday’s community meeting in Greenport. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Nearly a decade after they first arrived in Greenport, the Guardian Angels will once again maintain a regular presence in the village, this time hoping to deter gang violence.

The organization’s founder told a crowd of more than 40 at St. Agnes R.C. Church that walking the streets of Greenport will be the first step in the red berets’ return to the community.

“The patrols will be here,” Guardian Angels CEO Curtis Sliwa said Tuesday night. “That’s one major step in the right direction.”

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11/11/14 12:45pm
11/11/2014 12:45 PM
Guardian Angel Benjamin Garcia talks with two women at a Greenport laundromat Monday night. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

Guardian Angel Benjamin Garcia talks with two women at a Greenport laundromat Monday night. (Credit: Guardian Angels)

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa will give a public presentation in Greenport tonight to gauge how receptive residents are to having his volunteer-led community protection group return to the area.

In 2005, after former mayor Dave Kapell invited the group to help tackle the area’s drug problem, Long Island’s first Guardian Angels chapter was established. Residents who were involved in that effort, recently approached Mr. Sliwa again, after four alleged members of MS-13 attacked two men from a rival gang with guns and a machete last month in Southold.  (more…)