Annual Bronx barbecue aims to bring community together

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Hundreds turned out in Wakefield to support uniting for peace, unity and progress.

Community members, police officers and politicians joined together at state Sen. Jamaal Bailey's second annual community barbecue.

"When you get to come here and you meet in the middle of this barbecue and you get to see faces you may not have seen in a while -- it gets to bring us a better sense in the community and it gets us to a better place," says Bailey.

State and city officials came in strong numbers, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who focused on the good coming from the Bronx.

"We have a lot going on in the Bronx, a lot of good work, there's a whole new energy in the Bronx," says Cuomo. "The Bronx went through some tough years. Right now it’s the fastest growing borough in the city."

Those in attendance hoped to get rid of the things harming their community for a brighter tomorrow.

NYPD's Explorers also joined, representing a late aspiring officer -- Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz.

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