July 15, 2020

STATEN ISLAND ELECTED OFFICIALS STAND AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE AMID CITYWIDE SURGE OF SHOOTINGS

Staten Island, N.Y. —  Amid a Citywide surge in shootings, Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon last week hosted a series of community briefings on the State of Violent Crime, bringing together anti-violence community leaders, law enforcement officials, and local elected leaders to develop new initiatives aimed at preventing shootings and violent crime. The District Attorney is joined by Borough President James Oddo, Congressman Max Rose, Senator Andrew Lanza, Senator Diane Savino, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Assemblyman Michael Reilly, Assemblyman Charles Fall, City Council Minority Leader Steve Matteo, Council Member Debi Rose, Council Member Joe Borelli, Staten Island NYPD Borough Commander Chief Kenneth Corey, and Staten Island anti-violence community leaders of Cure Violence/True 2 Life, Occupy the Block, New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID), and Rev. Dr. Victor Brown of Mt. Sinai United Christian Church, in issuing the following joint statement:

“In recent weeks we have seen a terrible and disconcerting increase in shootings and deadly violence across our City at levels not seen in almost 25 years. Although here in Staten Island we are proud and fortunate to not have experienced the same dramatic spike as other boroughs, we have seen an uptick in July that has us concerned. Sadly, this past weekend saw two more shootings, in Port Richmond and West Brighton, and a shots fired incident in Stapleton. Innocent Staten Islanders are being victimized and the urgency of this crisis has brought us together, despite our differing perspectives, to send a clear and united message:

Every Staten Islander deserves to feel safe in their homes and on our streets. Violence, in particular gun violence, of any kind is simply unacceptable. Those who choose to pick up a gun and use it to endanger the lives of others will be held accountable by law enforcement and by our community. On this we all can and must agree, because lives literally hang in the balance.

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