Gov. Cuomo On MS-13

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Governor Cuomo Announces $20 Million To Combat MS-13 Gang Violence

October 29, 2018 - 5:09 pm

BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that the state will commit another $20 million towards combating MS-13 and gang recruitment on Long Island.

“MS-13 is a scourge. It is taking too many lives,” Cuomo said at a news conference in Brentwood.

Three-quarters of the money will be used to create a new community center that will provide recreational and educational services for area teens.

The rest of the funds will be used to improve lighting and security at local parks, workforce training and mental health services for youth and law enforcement technology.

“I would much rather invest in a young person and a positive future then pay sixty thousand dollars a year to lock a person in a cell for the rest of their lives,” Cuomo explained of the funding.

Law enforcement officials believe MS-13 is responsible for at least 25 killings across Long Island since January 2016.