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BY: Andrew Kugle
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) announced on Wednesday $7.5 million in new initiatives to combat MS-13 gang violence.
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"With these investments, New York is sending a message loud and clear that gang activity has no place in our communities," Cuomo said."By taking a holistic approach to the task of combatting gangs on Long Island, we can help protect our neighborhoods and provide opportunities to at-risk youth that will break the cycle of gang violence once and for all."
The new funding will include money to help youth with job training, after school programs and nonprofits who serve at risk kids according to North Folk Patch, a local New York newspaper.
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Including in the funding will be $3 million to bolster youth job training and divert at-risk youth; the New York State Department of Labor is issuing a $3 million request for proposals to help connect young men and women on Long Island to job training and career opportunities. The funding will be available to local organizations that focus on work readiness training and employment for those at risk of falling into the trap of joining gangs like MS-13.
Back in April, Cuomo announced $18.5 million in the 2019 budget to fight MS-13, an international criminal gang with members primarily of Central American origin.
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