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City reacts to weekend gun incident in Troy

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Troy's mayor is speaking out about this weekend's gun incidents saying he wouldn't rule out moving up last call in bars in the city. It's all part of a conversation city leaders are having with business owners and residents about safety. Erin Vannella reports.

TROY, N.Y. -- "It's unfortunate we're here talking about that because that area's been developed," said Troy Mayor Lou Rosamilia. "That building itself is going to have beautiful apartments in it."

Rosamilia talks about 254 Broadway, outside of which police responded to a call early Sunday morning for a man with a gun.

"The subject had a gripe, so to speak with some folks inside," said Troy Police Captain John Cooney. "Whether the subject was inside or not wasn't something we've been able to determine."

Still, in Rosamilia's eyes, Broadway Brew falls under the suspect's shadow and prompts a discussion about change.

"We're looking at an ordinance of closing the bars down earlier," said Rosamilia. "We're talking about code going in there to make sure everybody is adhering to code and talking to the owners."

He says he's looking out for Broadway neighbors, business and residential, some of whom may move into apartments above the Biergarten this spring.

"I know if I was a resident I wouldn't want that type of activity going on downstairs below me," said Rosamilia.

Police say little things can help, like metal detectors, interior surveillance and additional security. But in the meantime, they maintain Broadway is safe. Downtown business representatives put it another way.

"Downtown Troy has a wonderful record of safety and I'm sure we will continue that moving forward,” said Downtown Troy Business Improvement District Executive Director Elizabeth Young. "One bad apple does not ruin the entire bunch, as I believe the mayor said earlier today, and I completely agree with him."

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