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Two area communities have scheduled public hearings next month to discuss efforts to curb youth vandalism.

The Village of Wyoming has imposed an emergency curfew for citizens age 18 and younger. It started Aug. 12, and is in effect from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. until further notice. The Village Board also decided to pay the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department to have a deputy patrol village streets overnight.

Vandalism has escalated in Wyoming in recent months and includes damage to several cars, a boat, park benches, trees and flags.

"Our goal is to find out who has been doing all the damage and get them off the streets, so we can go back to our normal, quiet way of life," according to a statement from the Village Board.

A public hearing on the curfew and vandalism is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in Wyoming Village Hall.

Meanwhile, numerous complaints of youths congregating and causing damage to vehicles, signs and buildings has led the Perry Village Board to schedule a public hearing on the topic for 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Village Hall.

At a Village Board meeting earlier this week, Police Chief Gary Jurkowski and his department were criticized by trustees for not having foot patrols and being too friendly to the "gangs."

A curfew is being considered by Perry as a possible solution to the youth problems.

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