Business owners discuss concerns over safety in the East End

Updated: 06/11/2014 5:42 PM
Created: 06/11/2014 4:57 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

It is a busy part of downtown Rochester. This weekend, hundreds are expected in the East End and now some business owners are looking at ways to keep everyone safe. 

A meeting was held Wednesday to discuss ways to step up security following last week's shootings.

The East End is the most popular entertainment district in the city. It is a place that has to be and feel safe. 

John Billone, owner, East Avenue Inn and Suites, said, “I was concerned just like many of us were in the neighborhood.”

John Billone is the owner of East Avenue Inn and Suites. The hotel is located at East Avenue and Alexander Street. Last week’s shooting was just off East Avenue. News10NBC was not allowed in the East End Public Safety Meeting, but Billone says the East End business owners talked about how to deploy private security and work with the Rochester Police Department.

Billone said, “We need to continue our discussions. We're talking about days of the week, hours of the day, staffing.”

The two men shot last week came from the night club called Magic City. The shooter has not been caught. Last week, News10NBC talked with the owner of Magic City. 

Bob Monteneri, owner, Magic City, said, “I can assure all that everyone will be on heightened alert, including members of the Rochester Police Department so that will never occur again.”

East End business owners say they were concerned about Bob Monteneri and Magic City because of public safety issues he had with night clubs on Saint Paul Street.

Billone said, “I don’t have any history with the business. Our feelings are as an association. We just want everyone to raise the bar to be a better business.”

Here's what you can do:

If you are concerned about public safety in the East End, you can the New York State Liquor Authority’s complaint hotline at 518-474-3114. You can also call the Rochester Police Department. Just dial 311.
You can also talk directly to the Mayor and Rochester City Council. The next meeting is June 17 at City Hall. Public comments start at 6:30 p.m. 

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