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Rochester enacting overnight gatherings ban, Buffalo not considering same tactic

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Posted at 7:13 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 07:29:04-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — More than 70 people have been shot in the City of Buffalo since June 1st. The numbers are about the same in Rochester over the same time frame.

Rochester Mayor, Lovely Warren is enacting an executive order that would ban large gatherings between the hours of 11pm and 5am, in an effort to curb the violence.

“Having and attending these illegal gatherings have been problematic and people have lost their life and many have had the potential to lose their lives,“ said Mayor Lovely Warren.

Warren says with a health crisis ongoing; the city has the power to take such drastic actions.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says similar action won't be taken in the Queen City.

“We're not contemplating banning gatherings. We're asking people to use their common sense right now. Really, during Covid-19, there shouldn't be overnight gatherings,” said Brown.

Brown says the city recently enacted a new plan to make more violent crime arrests, but says he will not release details of this plan until next week.

“It's an investigatory initiative. It's modeled after best practices in other parts of the country and we're partnering with other agencies on it and within the first few days, we're seeing some promising results,” added Mayor Brown.