BRENTWOOD, Long Island — Gov. Andrew Cuomo and city officials announced Monday a new $20 million initiative to combat MS-13 violence in Brentwood.
Cuomo touched on the importance of deterring young kids from gangs, saying it was easy to get sucked in.
“This is a complicated, multi-faceted issue,” Cuomo said. “We have to fill that void before the gang fills that void. We have to get there first.”
Cuomo said $15 million from the new grant will be going towards a new community “hub” building in Brentwood.
Long Island has seen extensive MS-13 violence in recent years — the gang has been blamed for at least 25 killings since January 2016.
Watch the governor’s announcement: