The Other F-Word

His confidence was further deflated at the hate-crimes workshop when Mayor David Dermer commended Beach police for reducing overall crime. Bosserman believed it was a failure on the mayor's part not to acknowledge the specific problem at hand, and condescending to the people who'd turned out to discuss it. "Something has to be done soon rather than three or four months down the line," Bosserman insists. "It affects my business if people start getting hurt or scared to come down here." Ideas at the meeting ranged from organizing a volunteer foot patrol of "goodwill ambassadors" to installing surveillance cameras at strategic points in the area. In the meantime, says Bosserman, "I feel safer in New York City."

Brian Bosserman
Brian Bosserman

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