University District residents fed up with college parties and neighborhood trash

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s an ongoing problem in the University District. Homeowners are fed up with students throwing noisy parties and trashing their neighborhood. Neighbors say too many students are partying near their homes on the weekends.

This year, city leaders are looking to make some serious changes to keep the residents happy.

“Students feel entitled to have parties here and we feel entitled to have a decent quality of life,” said Molly Poremski, University District resident.

Poremski and several other long-time University District residents say they’re dealing with problems again this year as college students return back to school. With college parties happening on Windspear Avenue every year, neighbors have to deal with the aftermath.

“There’s still thousands of kids looking for parties, they’re angry, they’re throwing garbage on the streets, their lobbing insults at us, like why do we live here,” said Poremski.

“They’re urinating on my porch or I don’t know coming into my backyard and things like that and leaving cans and what have you,” said Adrian Juaraz, University District resident.

Council member Rasheed Wyatt say people in the University District have been dealing with this issue for years. He thinks shutting down the UB shuttle after midnight could help with some of the problems.

“We’d like to have those shuttles stopped after midnight and then have some smaller shuttles to bring students, students who are trying to get an education, who are going to the library,” said Wyatt.

The University at Buffalo says they’ve already taken steps to reduce busing between both campuses on the weekends and the number of students traveling to the neighborhood. In a statement the school said, “These steps are having a positive impact in the neighborhood and the university will continue to implement them.”

Neighbors say they’ve already seen an improvement with Buffalo Police response time, but they don’t want a continual problem like this to force them out of the community they love.

“Some residents have moved because of this particular issue. We have to get this to come to an end point, we just can’t continue to have this same issue year in and year out,” said Wyatt.

In a letter to UB, Council member Wyatt said he asked the university to assist in funding the Buffalo Peacemakers to augment Buffalo Police during these busy nights. Wyatt says UB refused assistance.

A spokesman for The University at Buffalo told News 4, “UB does not have an affiliation with the Peacemakers organization. If the Peacemakers want to work in University Heights that is a conversation that should be had with the City of Buffalo, Buffalo Police, and University Heights community members.”

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