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Guilderland gathers for National Night Out

She said representatives were available to answer questions and provide some demonstrations.

E.J. Conroy, who is affiliated with the Albany County Stop DWI program and Choices-301, an anti-drunk driving program headed by Ed Frank, said he was there with his family and was glad to see so many people on hand.

"It's a lot bigger than I expected," Conroy said. "It's good for the families."

He emphasized that it is important to support events like this. He said similar events, like the races in Malta sponsored by Choices-301, raise awareness of the dangers of DWI.

Frank's Choices-301 exhibit is at the Beacon of Hope Care Center in Altamont at 6378 Gun Club Road.

New York State Department of Correctional Services officials were at the event as well, showing off some hardware used in tactical situations. John Johnson oversaw the display of an armored personnel carrier, and he said the one at Tawasentha Park was used in a 2005 hostage rescue at a state correctional facility.

"It's a little show and tell," Johnson said.

Johnson said his department is responsible for handling situations where prisoners in state facilities take hostages, and the carriers serve as a reliable means of transportation in those situations.

Other agencies, such as the Army and State Park Police, were at the event as well.

"I think people enjoyed themselves," Lawlor said. "I hope people took something away from it."

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