Binghamton's Night Out: 'Keeping it real' with law enforcement

By Kelly McCarthy

July 29, 2014 Updated Jul 29, 2014 at 6:23 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton's Night Out will focus on getting youth involved in healthy activities before they become part of the problem.

More than 16,000 communities take part in National Night Out each year. On Tuesday, Aug. 5, neighborhoods will come together to fight back against drugs and crime.

Instead of starting off the National Night Out celebration on a high note, Reverend Henry Ausby wanted to remind families why they need to participate.

"Earlier this month two young men lost their lives," Rev. Ausby said. "One that might be in prison forever and the other one is dead."

Ausby is talking about the shooting death of Scott Wright,19, at the Town and County Apartment Complex. 21-year old Andre Lee is being charged with the murder.

"This should be shocking to us but unfortunately it's not shocking any more," Rev. Ausby said. "Because senseless acts of violence like this happen too often."

Binghamton's Night Out focuses on youth and law enforcement. The goal is to bring the two together to form more trust and stronger relationships.

The theme this year is "Our community: Keeping it safe, keeping it healthy and keeping it real."

"It takes place one day of the year, but the reality is we want this message in place everyday of the year." said R-Binghamton Mayor Rich David.

Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski said combating crime takes more than just law enforcement, it takes the whole community working together.

"I think it has been helpful over the years because more and more we're seeing people calling us and giving us information on crimes that are occurring in their neighborhood," Zikuski said.

Binghamton's Night Out has seven locations on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

Saratoga Apartments, 3 - 5 p.m.
Carlisle Apartments, 4-6 p.m.
Columbus Park, 5-7 p.m.
Fairview Park, 5 - 8 p.m.
Boys and Girls Club, 1 - 4:30 p.m. & 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Broome County Library, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Cheri A. Lindsey Park, 5 - 9 p.m.

Binghamton's not the only community in our area taking part in National Night Out.

Endicott's celebration will be from 5 - 8 p.m. at the municipal grounds.

Vestal Police will host an event at 6 - 9 p.m. at the Parkway Plaza parking lot.

The Town of Maine's event is from 6 - 9 p.m. in the Town of Maine Park.