Manchester Mayor Frank Guinta on Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson's Decision

MANCHESTER (July 31, 2008) – “Today, like many of our citizens, I read in the New Hampshire Union Leader about how Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Gillian Abramson passed a rather stiff (and welcome) sentence on the female ringleader of a recent home burglary. Judge Abramson rightfully recognized that only lengthy incarcerations are a true deterrent against crime. The judge ignored pleas for leniency and suggestions of probation, and enacted swift and proven justice on Ms. Klanesha Landry, a most unwelcome resident of our city.”

“Much is however being made about the judges characterization of Manchester as ‘dangerous and disgusting.’ Such a statement is woefully inaccurate and fails to recognize that Manchester is a city that has turned the corner and is on the road to recovery and renaissance. I urge anyone who thinks these negative things about Manchester to visit our historic neighborhoods and see the public and private investments that are reshaping the areas once home to crime and decay. Come to our Downtown, which offers family friendly entertainment, a vibrant nightlife and first-class restaurants, all of which employ thousands of people who make Manchester their home. Finally, meet the people of Manchester themselves, not the ilk of this world like the aforementioned Ms. Landry, and you will meet people who love Manchester and expect a bright future for their city.”

“I am certain that Judge Abramson misspoke when she characterized Manchester in such a negative light. I am certain she is aware of the great strides we have made as a city, and that she too is hopeful for our future. Removing criminals from our streets helps assure that future and I am thankful that the judge has aided us in this endeavor.”