Ritchie Torres

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$1.5 Million Allocated For Bronx Gun, Gang Violence Prevention Programs

August 09, 2019 - 3:01 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Council Member Ritchie Torres says while Washington continues "dragging its feet" on gun control, New York is taking action.

Torres has allocated $1.5 million in funding for "cure violence" programs in two Bronx police precincts.

"We know that one of the central drivers of gun violence here in New York City is gang violence, and so "cure violence" has community based organizers, credible messengers who reach out to our young people in gangs and moves them away from gang membership into jobs, programs, and services." Torres said.

When WCBS 880's Rich Lamb asked one former gang member how easy it is to find a gun on a street, he said "it's harder to find a library." 

In the wake of the recent mass shootings, Torres feels this new funding will support initiatives will address gun violence, reduce violence on the local city level and keep youths off the streets.