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Village reviews proposed pact on students

The Fredonia Village Board is considering an agreement with Fredonia State College "to protect student welfare and enhance the quality of life on [the campus]."

The pact, designed to promote cooperation on mutual problems, would involve village and university police, the college's Student Affairs Office and Student Government Association, local bar owners, the Village Board and Fredonia Central School superintendent.

Trustee Gary Damico, who termed the proposal "a good start," told Village Board members Monday night that landlords should be held accountable for disruptive student house parties.

Fredonia Mayor Frank Pagano asked board members to review the document and bring comments and suggestions to the board workshop at 6:30 p.m. next Monday.

Pagano also praised the village Police Department's handling of incidents involving college students.

"The (police are) doing an excellent job, and they are on top of things," he told the Village Board. "The police make arrests every day. We care about all residents of the village, whether college students or not; moreover, we investigate assaults as seriously as we investigate alcohol incidents."

Pagano also read an e-mail he had received after recently testifying at a State Liquor Authority hearing in Albany.

The message, from a Cortland resident, pointed to similar problems in that community, where another state college is located.

"We have had many wonderful encounters with the students, and clearly most of them are very nice and respect the fact that they are in a residential neighborhood," the message said.

"It is obvious that it is the use (and abuse) of alcohol that creates all the problems we have here on the 'college hill.' "

In his testimony, Pagano, president of the State Conference of Mayors, said the liquor authority has not acted effectively to target violators and revoking liquor licenses.

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