City announces $9 million investment in Brownsville following mass shooting

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a nearly $9 million investment in the Brownsville community on August 6 following a deadly mass shooting late last month.
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The city will spend almost $9 million to revitalize social services and other local resources in Brownsville — including more than $5 million to renovate a neighborhood community center — in response to the mass shooting that left one dead and 11 injured last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Tuesday.

“Our hearts ache for Brownsville; but this community will be defined by resilience, not tragedy,” said de Blasio. “These programs will build on our commitment to end the epidemic of gun violence and lend much needed support to the local leaders and activists who work to bring positive, enduring change to the Brownsville community each and every day.“

More than half of the newly allocated money — $5.2 million — will go toward the restoration of the Brownsville Houses Community Center at Blake Avenue near Mother Gaston Boulevard, which is one of 15 public housing locations designated as a hub for de Blasio’s Action Plan for Neighborhood Safety, which provides tools and social workers to combat the root causes of crime.

The remaining $3.23 million will be used to augment other anti-violence and safety programs throughout the community, including:

• $1 million to expand an anti-gun violence program operated out of the 73rd Precinct, called the Crisis Management System, which deploys trained mediators into communities in order to settle conflicts and connect high-risk individuals with services.

• $1 million to enhance response times for the Department of Health’s Brooklyn Action Center in the event of emergencies, including violent crimes, extreme weather, fires, and other environmental hazards.

• $590,000 for youth education programs through Brownsville Neighborhood YouthStat, a group which trains youngsters in skills needed to identify and diffuse dangerous situations.

• $576,000 to hire 12 additional staff members at the Brownsville Recreation Center, who will oversee additional programming, expanded pool hours, and security.

• $140,000 to install new security cameras and street lights around the neighborhood.

The investment follows a mass shooting at the Old Timers Day block party near Hegeman Avenue and Sackman Street, when multiple gunmen opened fire into a crowd of about 2,000 on July 27, striking a dozen partygoers and killing 38-year-old Jason Pagan.

That tragedy came amid a backdrop of increased gun violence in the area — including Brownsville, East New York, and Crown Heights — where gun violence has increased by over 10 percent over last year, according to police statistics.

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brownsville) applauded the mayor’s investment in Brownsville for focusing on the underlying sources of crime.

“For years, while the city’s funds for policing have steadily risen, funding to address the root causes of violence have been a drop in the bucket,” he said. “This new funding marks a welcome investment in the holistic and community-driven anti-violence work that brings our communities help and hope they need.”

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Posted 12:00 am, August 8, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Koko says:
Recent NY history. Crime goes down, gentrification goes up. Historic neighborhoods are replaced with condos.
Aug. 8, 2019, 4:30 am
Whoopi Goldfarb says:
Go after the gangs, engage with the young men hanging out every day on street corners. Spending millions is not the answer. They grow up without family structure or parents who pay attention to them. They smoke weed in front of the kids. The kids listen to destructive rap music all day. They call each other n....ger every 5 seconds when it’s supposed to be a bad word. Change the lifestyle in these communities and the troubles will end.
Aug. 8, 2019, 7:36 am
Whoopi Goldfarb says:
I have no solutions, only racist complaints.
Aug. 8, 2019, 8:29 am
Wong Foo from Sunset Park says:
It’s like they’re paying them to be bad! Do some shooty-shooty , get millions! Now they’re going to be shooting all the time! Whenever they want money! What about rewarding people who are good?
Aug. 8, 2019, 8:41 am
Henry Ford says:
Keep Brownsville like Baltimore! Congratulations Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clark, you’re competing with Elijah Cummings for most violent and rat-infested communities! Don’t be fooled by the racists trying to improve the lives of the people, they just want you to be independent thinkers which you are not! Keep Brownsville the way it is!
Aug. 8, 2019, 9:13 am
Henry Ford says:
Keep posting your racist views, but don't be surprised wen you are exposed, lose your job, and become a social pariah as a result. You may think you are anonymous, but you are not smart enough to mask your electronic id.
Aug. 8, 2019, 10:10 am
Maxine W. says:
So it’s racist to want to improve the lives of minorities? OK what ever you say.
Aug. 8, 2019, 9:28 pm
chris kneeter from crown heights says:
you can spend all the money in the world against gun violence. but if the gun laws are not being enforce. than the only thing that is going to keep happening is that the gangs and drug dealers are not going to give two craps about not shooting the way they are doing. enforce the gun laws the way they should be enforced and than watch the gun violence start to drop little by little.
Aug. 27, 2019, 4:46 am

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