Lesandro Guzman-Feliz


Cuomo: NYS To Invest In Keeping Kids Out Of Gangs After Lesandro Guzman-Feliz Murder

July 12, 2018 - 2:23 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- In the fight against gangs after the murder of Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz, 15, in the Bronx, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that it is time to do something.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported, Cuomo said gang life presents teenagers who may think they have nothing with an opportunity.

“‘You don't see a place to go, so come with us, and we’ll make you something,’” Cuomo said. “‘Yeah, you’ll make me something. You’ll make me dead, or you’ll get me locked in prison.’”

Cuomo’s paraphrased quotes were intended to describe the people charged with Lesandro’s murder. A total of $18 million in state funding is now being invested in the Belmont community in the form of after-school programs and community centers to help it get back on the right track.

State Assemblyman Marco Crespo (D-The Bronx) said that effort starts with people.

“We've seen growth and opportunity develop in our neighborhoods, but Junior’s death reminds us that more needs to be done, and it can’t just be government saying, ‘This is what I’m going to do for you,’” Crespo said. “It has to be us listening, and say, ‘What do you need from us?’”