St. Augustine’s and Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin Announce a Partnership to Solve the Crimes Committed in Lansingburgh

Troy, NY – Thursday July 24, 2014. St. Augustine’s School and Parish Community, teamed with Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, who represents the Lansingburgh section of Troy, are issuing a $1000 reward to any individual who comes forward with information that leads to the arrest and conviction of EITHER the arsons that took place Sunday night in Lansingburgh or the tragic homicide of 16-year-old Eshane Walker. There are two other announcements being made today by St. Augustine’s and Assemblyman McLaughlin.

  • In an effort to protect our community residents, anyone with information may reach out to Fr. Jim Spenard to protect their anonymity, who will then pass the information along to local authorities at 518-235-3861.


  • In response to the local outcry for community organizing at Tuesday night’s meeting hosted by Mayor Rosamilia and Chief Tedesco, St. Augustine’s is announcing that St. Augustine’s Hall is immediately available for any community organizational meetings at no cost to the group, regardless of religious affiliation.


“The acts of evil that have besieged this community in the last week are unlike anything we have ever seen. The church, is stepping in,” said Father James Spenard.


 “St. Augustine’s School and Parish Communities are doing our best to assist our local officials and police department to make our beloved Lansingburgh as safe as possible,” said Joe Slichko, Principal of St. Augustine’s School.


“The message was heard loud and clear from our residents Tuesday night at the Lansingburgh Boys Club community meeting. They need resources, period. The church and I are stepping in to provide them in conjunction with city leaders. We will take back our neighborhoods in Lansingburgh.  Lansingburgh residents have every right to feel safe and secure in their homes and community.  I am committed to doing all I can to help rid the community of this criminal element,” said McLaughlin.


Founded in 1861, St. Augustine's is a parochial school owned and sponsored by the Catholic community of Lansingburgh, serving students Nursery through grade 6. Our academic and spiritual program sets about helping each student develop the power to think constructively, to reason independently, to solve problems, and to communicate their ideas clearly in spoken and written word through other creative means.


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