Leaders call for $5 billion in funding toward anti-violence community programs
Bronx leaders joined together on Friday to call for more funding for violence intervention as the borough recently saw the highest number of murders across the city.
The NYPD reported that there were 15 murders in New York City between Aug. 30 and Sept. 5.
The NYPD says 11 of those murders were reported in the Bronx. They say seven people were killed over Labor Day weekend.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says community intervention programs need more money.
The senator spoke alongside Public Advocate Jumanee Williams, Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams and Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
The leaders are asking for at least $5 billion to go toward anti-violence community programs in the federal infrastructure bill.
Sen. Schumer read the names of New Yorkers who lost their lives.
They say that funding will empower communities to fight violent crime in a way that won’t also further criminalize Black and brown people.