PORT CHESTER, N.Y. A new website has launched to keep residents better informed on the goings on of a new group People For A Better Port Chester.
The site is part of a community effort to address problems and create solutions for the future of Port Chester.
The site, which launched last week, springboards from a Facebook group called Making Port Chester A Better Place , created by lifelong resident Keith Morlino. After reading crime stories in Port Chester every day, Morlino grew frustrated and created the group, which by Tuesday night had about 364 members. Morlino and other residents held a meeting Sept. 27 with Mayor Dennis Pilla to discuss the quality of life in Port Chester.
Maybe we can make a difference, said Morlino in September. We have got to get people together and make it as citizen-based as possible, and figure out what to do next.
At the meeting, residents formed 10 different committees including: illegal housing, public behavior, traffic and pedestrian safety, noise, school domicile verification, village board efficiency, housing, public safety, consistency in building code enforcement and downtown aesthetic improvement.
The committees, such as those that focus on downtown aesthetic improvement, building code enforcement, and housing, are composed of residents, downtown business owners, landlords and tenants, police and fire personnel, those with knowledge of local and state zoning and building codes as well as those with a background in architecture and design.
Other committees, including public behavior, are aimed at studying complaints such as loitering and other mischief, as well as public drinking. On the website, the public safety committee, of which Morlino is a member, has links to crime statistics and juvenile arrests throughout Westchester County.
All of the committees are expected to post meeting minutes and ways to get involved on the website in order to keep other residents informed of the steps the grassroots group is taking to improve Port Chester.
The public safety committee and the noise committee recently met and the consistency in code enforcement committee will meet Thursday at 7:15 p.m. at the home of Kathy Zaccagnino, 15 Quintard Drive, in Port Chester.
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