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Nov 19, 2015 3:52 PM

"I'm calling out the city officials and police" - Granite Street neighborhood feeling neglected


MANCHESTER - Police responded to reports of shots fired again on Wednesday night on Granite Street, this time at number 482.

Next door is the site of a shooting that killed one man, Michael Pittman, just weeks ago. The neighbors have since hosted two cleanups to turn this part of Manchester around but they are still concerned.

“The kids are terrified here, as soon as it starts getting dark everyone disappears,” said Heather Philip who has organized both cleanups in the area.

Philip told NH1 News, she's not getting much help from police on turning this part of the city around.

“They told me they would have extra patrol while we were doing the cleanup and we haven’t seen a single officer,” said Philip.

Another neighbor, “increase patrols around here, they haven’t really,” the mother of two didn’t want to be identified.

Philip claims Manchester PD has dropped the ball, and hasn’t seen an officer on Granite Street in days. Manchester Police tell NH1 News they patrol the city as often as they can. Even Chief Willard tweeting about a park and walk in the area just days ago.

As we continued our conversation with Philip an officer drove by.

“That’s the first officer I’ve seen in the day time in a couple of days,” Philip commented.

Philip now wants to know the next steps in cleaning up the building that was the center of past week’s clean up. She told us she called Manchester city officials looking for answers on the plan for the area and went right for the top. She places the lack of progress the blame on Mayor Ted Gatsas.

“Where is he? Too busy campaigning for the political party,” said Philip.

NH1 News called the mayor and he told us that he spoke to Philip just two days ago. All he would tell us is that his department is aware of the concerns in the area, that there are 129 other buildings just like this in the city and that they're working on a plan. But he would not go into any detail.

Philip said these answers aren’t good enough.

“I’m calling out the whole city, the city officials and the police. It’s almost like everyone wants me to shut up and disappear and they figure if they ignore me, I’ll go away. But I’m not, if anything I’m going to be louder,” said Philip.

Philip said her need for a cleaner, safer neighborhood is for people like Pittman’s daughter Danielle and other young families who say if something doesn’t change, they're moving out.


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