Myrie channels $200K to Brooklyn youth groups to help fight gun violence after mass shootings

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D–Crown Heights) announced a $200,000 state funding package on Friday for local community groups to combat gun violence after two recent shootings in Crown Heights and Brownsville.
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A Crown Heights lawmaker announced a $200,000 cash infusion for youth organizations dedicated to combating gun violence in neighborhoods throughout the borough on Friday.

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie channeled the funds toward religious, anti-crime, youth, and educational groups following shootings in Brownsville and Crown Heights, and claimed it’s high time the state’s top executive followed suit.

“Today, we are proud to invest in communities that bring peace and hope to our community and to prevent further tragedy, we demand that the governor’s office does the same,” said Myrie, speaking to press outside his Nostrand Avenue district office.

The funding will be split between six organizations throughout Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Crown Heights, which include:

• $50,000 to 67th Clergy Council, also known as “the God Squad” (East Flatbush, Remsen Village)

• $50,000 to Save Our Streets (Crown Heights)

• $25,000 to Brownsville Community Justice Center

• $25,000 to Brownsville In Violence Out

• $25,000 to Elite Learners (Brownsville)

• $25,000 to Brownsville Think Tank Matters

Myrie sourced the funding from a state program to curtail gun violence, called Snug — “guns” spelled backwards — which works to connect high-risk youths with services, programs, and other community initiatives, according to the program’s website.

The funding boost from Myrie follows Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $9 million investment in Brownsville in response to a shooting that left one dead and 11 injured on July 27.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.
Updated 11:07 am, August 12, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Gary from Fort Greene says:
Why not, they've done a great job so far. (1) Identify the problem. (2) Throw money at it. When that has no effect on the problem, (3) Throw more money at it.
Aug. 12, 2019, 2:45 pm
guns don't shoot themselves says:
Whether they are criminals or disturbed individuals, a gun isn't the problem as there's always a way for someone to hurt or kill someone. What we need to address is violence, not gun violence, but people violence - when one individual inflicts physical or mental harm against another. "The system" needs to develop a standard checklist of characteristics and a means of identifying and addressing them so people get the help they need, and so the public can be safe. Anyone that jumps on the gun hype is just looking for publicity and detracting attention, energy,and dollars away from people violence.
Aug. 13, 2019, 10:08 am
Charles Denver from Brooklyn says:
These people think that money solves everything! You can't just buy your way out of a situation! What are they going to do - stuff the barrells of the guns with dollar bills so they can't shoot?
Aug. 14, 2019, 9:32 am

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