MASSENA - The sound of cars honking echoed throughout Main Street outside the town hall on early Friday afternoon, but it was not in fury, anger or impatience with traffic.
When two Massena women heard news of Thursdays drug bust in their community, they decided early Friday afternoon was a good time to show their appreciation for all of the dedicated work from numerous law enforcement officials that led to the arrest of 12 people. They held a large handmade sign that read, Honk if youre proud about the bust, leading to the noisier than usual late summer afternoon.
We heard about the news, and I was really, really excited. My mothers from Massena and (Moniques) mother is from Massena and we both grew up here, Danielle Mason said. Theres a marked change since we graduated high school, and I think that enforcement is such a thankless job, especially from young people. I think so often they just dont hear a thank you so thats what we wanted to do.
Last night (we were thinking of it.) It was (Danielles) idea. There wasnt drugs this like when we were little, Monique Farrell added.
The two young women were also serving lemonade outside, and Ms. Mason pointed out that they had seen and heard nearly 40 honking cars within the first 10 minutes of setting up shop.
Its absolutely exactly what I anticipated. This area is filled with such genuine people, and I think that often times that can make a fertile ground for some bad situations from others, Ms. Mason said. But we are willing to fight for what we believe in and fight for our hometown.
Ms. Farrell agreed with her friend about the mindset of the general population of Massena. People want it to be cleaned up. There shouldnt be heroin in our town, she said.
Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier expressed the importance of support from the community, like what Ms. Mason and Ms. Farrell were doing Friday.
For us to have success in dealing with the drug problem and the increased crime that has come with it, its going to take support from the community and involvement from the community, Mr. Currier said. To see people demonstrating in that way in support of our efforts is appreciated, and it lends to the fact that I think that people are eager for us to deal with this problem and when they see results like yesterday, they appreciate it. And we certainly appreciate any and all support that we get from members our community.
Mayor James F. Hidy viewed Thursdays events as positive not only in the law enforcement sense, but also in how it acted as a connecting force for the people.
This Thursdays event not only put bad people behind bars, but it united a village, Mr. Hidy said.