PATERSON, N.J. - After two teens were shot, one murdered, two weeks ago at a seemingly abandoned building on Auburn Street a neighboring developer Charles Florio and the city are trying to improve the conditions of the block.
Earlier in the week neighbors paid witness to police entering the building as city employees boarded up the building. Several people were seen leaving the building with garbage bags full of processions. Dave Gilmore, director of community improvements said on Facebook "whatever it takes we will try to address these health, safety and quality of life issues that fall within the scope of my division in Paterson".
Florio then announced yesterday in multiple media releases that he had retained the services of an Essex County private security firm to patrol the properties. This firm is made up of retired Newark police officers who have experience dealing with the drug related crimes in the area. This decision also stemmed from an altercation that Florio said his workers were threatened by a man wielding a firearm upon entering one of the properties on Auburn Street.
The security firm will patrol the block everyday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and allow Florio to renovate the building he recently purchases at 83 Auburn.