DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 28th, 2003 / 03:05 PM

Mayor Albert Jurczynski and the Schenectady Police Department request the media’s assistance in providing the public with the following information pertaining to the celebrating of Halloween in the City of Schenectady this Friday, October 31st:

Halloween trick-or-treating is a timeless tradition. Unfortunately, each year there are incidents that mar the evening for some people. While these incidents are often caused by a small number of older youths, the impact of vandalism, litter, and disruptive behavior negatively impacts the quality of life of an entire neighborhood.

With this in mind, the official “trick-or-treating” time in the City of Schenectady this year will be from 2–8 p.m. Residents are requested to turn their front porch lights off at 8 p.m.

Parents need to impress upon their children that Halloween is not an excuse to become involved in disruptive behavior or criminal activity. Halloween “fun” can quickly get out of hand and result in personal injury or arrest.