NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH)–New Britain residents say off-campus parties and rowdy Central Connecticut State University students are getting out of control.
On Monday, the town held a discussion with residents, police, university officials, and mayor Erin Stewart to try and keep everyone happy, and to curb binge drinking.
“I have a very big problem with 50 to 200 kids standing outside my house and thinking it’s acceptable to have a party,” said Krista Tulisano of New Britain.
She was one of many who voiced their frustrations at the meeting.
“A lot of on-campus students go to off-campus parties, and we certainly want to extend an invitation to local tavern owners and package store owners to join us as we try to identify some solutions,” said CCSU VP of Student Affairs Laura Todenti.
CCSU student Darrick Stone said he wants to extend an invitation to more students. He felt they were pressured on Monday night, and unfairly targeted because of a handful of students acting irresponsibly.
“Until we have both sides at these meetings, I don’t see the problem being fixed right now,” Stone said. “We want to be treated like adults, and respected, and respect comes a long way. We’ll do our best to respect you as well.”
New Britain mayor Erin Stewart also speaking out, saying the City is working with university police to make sure everyone feels comfortable in their own homes.
“The city is paying for party patrol units and we’re paying a hefty charge to have those units out there on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but there’s reason for it,” Stewart said.