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Hamden mayor announces task force to fix relations with Quinnipiac

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HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

After numerous calls to police and the recovery of a shell casing, Hamden Mayor Curt Balzano Leng took steps towards a solution. 

The town of Hamden is in the process of forming a task force, hoping to fix the relationship between Quinnipiac University, its students and their neighbors.

Earlier this week, police were called to Russo Drive, after an off campus Quinnipiac party got out of hand. 

At least one neighbor explained how quickly the situation escalated.

"Sometimes things get out of control and the next thing you know…" the neighbor said.

He also explained how he’s had to call police for out of control parties in the past, and the one earlier this week spread through social media.

"The one up in front recently, it was more of less screaming, yelling, carrying on, but I don't think it was just because of the kids here, but more so the uninvited guests," the neighbor said.

Before they knew it, neighbors said cars were lining the road.

"I get home from work about midnight. There were a lot of cars going up and down the street," said Jim Bartram.

Another neighbor had contacted Eyewitness News saying they heard a loud bang that night. The town stated a shell casing was in fact recovered nearby.

Following the latest party to out a strain on relations with the university, Leng announced he was taking steps to form a task force.

The town posted on Facebook, calling on Quinnipiac to step in and help solve the issue.

“He’s also asking the university to step up and tackle this issue head-on. Mayor Leng is committed to protecting the quality of life for the neighborhoods within our great town,” the Facebook page said.

Off campus parties have been an issue for years, heightened earlier this year when a video surfaced of the university’s president cracking a joke at an off campus party in May.

While the University didn't comment on the proposed task force, they said they had no information about an off campus party on Russo Drive.  Quinnipiac said it was clearly a matter between the tenants, their landlords and the Hamden Police.

Neighbors believe the university should be able to provide housing for all students, preventing them from disturbing the town.

"If the University is going to bring in 7-8000 kids in every September, like a brand new town descending on us, then they should be able to accommodate them with housing on their property and not to have to put them out in public and disrupt people's lives,” a neighbor said.

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