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NYC Pledges $9M to Aid Area After Brooklyn Festival Shooting

What to Know

  • NYC plans to spend $9M to enhance anti-violence efforts, crisis response, security and more in Brownsville
  • $5M is to renovate a community center, $1M is to expand a program that aims to disrupt violence and $1M to boost NYC's response to violence

New York City plans to spend $9 million to enhance anti-violence efforts, crisis response, security and other programs in the Brooklyn neighborhood where gunfire killed one person and wounded 11 others at a community festival.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and other officials announced the new funding Tuesday for the Brownsville neighborhood during the annual National Night Out, an event designed to bring members of the community and police together to get to know one another.

The sum includes over $5 million to renovate a community center, $1 million to expand a program that aims to disrupt violence, and $1 million to boost the city's response to violence and other crises in the area.

New security cameras and lighting are planned for the playground where the July 27 shooting happened, and a nearby recreation center is getting a dozen new staffers.

The Democratic mayor says Brownsville "will be defined by resilience, not tragedy."

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