Myrie channels $200K to Brooklyn youth groups to help fight gun violence after mass shootings

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D–Crown Heights) announced a $200,000 state funding package on Friday for local community groups to combat gun violence after two recent shootings in Crown Heights and Brownsville.
Zellnor Myrie’s office

A Crown Heights lawmaker announced a $200,000 cash infusion for youth organizations dedicated to combating gun violence in neighborhoods throughout the borough on Friday.

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie channeled the funds toward religious, anti-crime, youth, and educational groups following shootings in Brownsville and Crown Heights, and claimed it’s high time the state’s top executive followed suit.

“Today, we are proud to invest in communities that bring peace and hope to our community and to prevent further tragedy, we demand that the governor’s office does the same,” said Myrie, speaking to press outside his Nostrand Avenue district office.

The funding will be split between six organizations throughout Brownsville, East Flatbush, and Crown Heights, which include:

• $50,000 to 67th Clergy Council, also known as “the God Squad” (East Flatbush, Remsen Village)

• $50,000 to Save Our Streets (Crown Heights)

• $25,000 to Brownsville Community Justice Center

• $25,000 to Brownsville In Violence Out

• $25,000 to Elite Learners (Brownsville)

• $25,000 to Brownsville Think Tank Matters

Myrie sourced the funding from a state program to curtail gun violence, called Snug — “guns” spelled backwards — which works to connect high-risk youths with services, programs, and other community initiatives, according to the program’s website.

The funding boost from Myrie follows Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $9 million investment in Brownsville in response to a shooting that left one dead and 11 injured on July 27.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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