NEW YORK — New York City has expanded its Cure Violence movement to help fight the violence in the city’s neighborhoods.
“The truest solutions come from the grassroots, the truest solutions come from the people,”Mayor Bill de Blasio. The way the city could move forward in safety, peace and justice is by empowerment and “to create change the government alone could never create.”
The movement covers 20 precincts in NYC with the highest gun violence reported, de Blasio added.
The four additional precincts have been added, including the 43rd precinct in Soundview, the Bronx, the 103rd precinct in Jamaica, Queens, the 71st precinct in Crown Heights Brooklyn and 69th precinct in Canarsie, Brooklyn.
“Lives will be saved, violence will be reduced,” the mayor said.
By expanding the Cure Violence movement, the budget for the crisis management system would increase by $10 million.
Funding would assist in adding staff and create new sites.
Community activists and leaders joined the mayor for his daily briefing to highlight the importance of the initiative, which would play a vital part in helping the city progress.
Andre Mitchell, founder of Man Up Inc. urged a permanent office be made that prevents violence while City Councilmember Daneek Miller (D-Queens), who will lead the movement with Councilmember Adrienne Adams (D-Queens) said the expansion is a vital role in aiding the city in battling both the coronavirus and racial crisis New Yorkers are facing.