Lt. Gov. Delgado visits East Flatbush gun violence prevention group
Lt. Gov. Antonio Delgado visited a gun violence prevention organization on Thursday that aims to keep city streets safe. The meeting came as federal and state lawmakers continued to find common ground on gun control legislation.
Delgado spoke with the organization in East Flatbush for a little over an hour.
The founder of Elite Learners Inc. said they had a good discussion regarding gun violence, funding and how the organization can continue to work with the state to ensure the community is safe.
"When we think about dealing with guns and gun reform that we do it in the most comprehensive way, we can and not shortchange the process and take the long view. And that's why programs like Elite Learners have taken that comprehensive approach, working from the ground with the community in a comprehensive way, thinking about how they gage in our schools and all the programs before and after school and in between. All of that is important," Delgado said.
Delgado's remarks happened as the state Assembly aimed to tighten gun laws to minimize gun violence. He said the work has to be intentional, proactive and not reactive.
Earlier on Thursday on the steps of City Hall Mayor Eric Adams announced a new gun violence prevention task force. This initiative will be co-chaired by the Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright and antiviolence advocate A.T. Mitchell.
Mitchell will engage the community as the gun violence prevention czar.
For Adams, he said the goal of this task force is to have all hands-on deck in ending the gun violence crisis.
Adams said the task force will bring resources to the community which include summer youth programs, jobs, and mental health support.