A new civic orgnazation has cropped up in East Patchogue in light of what residents say is a rise in crime and drugs in the neighborhood, according to reports.
The Miramar Beach Civic Association held its third meeting at the Hagerman Fire Department, with about 30 people in attendance. Newsday reported that organizers discussed ideas such as forming a neighborhood watch group, electing officers and charging annual membership fees, which would cost $25.
According to the organization's founder, Jacquelyn Schwicke, the East Patchogue community is suffering from drug distribution, stray dogs, poor drainage and slumlords.
The group has reached out to Brookhaven Town Councilman Tim Mazzei, who represents the area of about 23,000 people, and that Mazzei plans to attend the group's next meeting.
The Miramar Beach Civic Association plans to meet every fourth Tuesday at the Hagerman Fire Department on Ralph T. Perry Drive, according to the article.