UTICA - The question of safety is front and center following a fatal stabbing last month in Utica's brewery district.
Three people were stabbed during a fight in the early morning hours of July 19th. One person later died.
The concern lies with the crowds that come to Varick Street after Saranac Thursdays wrap up.
Utica Police Chief Mark Williams told NewsChannel 2 his department is working to ensure patrons feel safe in that area in the late night hours.
“…Manpower permitting, we are trying to put extra resources in there. Other parts of the city need protection as well. I can’t leave them vulnerable, said Williams.
“Varick Street is a concern. It’s not the venue of the Utica Club brewery. It’s the after-hours in the bars that we start seeing problems down there.”
Williams says the bad element starts to arrive after 11:00 p.m., and police are doing the best they can to protect the entire city. He says there used to be a local association of bars, but he says nowadays they tend to not get along and won’t collaborate to pay for extra security.