Crime Summit III set to tackle drug issue

The city administration has reached out to larger metropolitan areas fighting similar war on drugs and violent crime.

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana and his administration chiefs and those from Scranton-Wilkes Barre will discuss strategies to tackle the ongoing drug-related and firearms crimes here and throughout Lycoming County Friday morning at City Hall.

Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty has been invited to attend a crime summit at 9 a.m. in the Sechler room on the second floor. Campana said is calling it Crime Summit III as the city’s enact action plans to fight the war on drugs and improve neighborhoods.

The meeting will happen just hours after City Council reviews a proposed rental ordinance meant to register landlords and tenants and hold them accountable for illegal and inappropriate behaviors.

City Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman and Capt. Timothy Miller are expected to make statements at the session, as is Ron James, president of the Williamsport-Lycoming Crime Commission and Jeff Reeder, president of the Williamsport Citizens Corps.

Campana’s also invited officials from Wilkes-Barre and local law enforcement, including those from the office of District Attorney Eric R. Linhardt.

The opening of the meeting will be public, then officials will speak privately in roundtable discussion, but make no decisions regarding public tax dollars, Mayor Campana said.