Levine Calls for an Increase in Youth Development Programming to Curb Future Violence
NEW YORK -- Earlier today, the New York City Police Department raided two New York City Housing Authority complexes in West Harlem. More than 100 suspected gang members at Manhattanville Houses and Ulysses S. Grant Houses were brought into custody by a team of law enforcement officials.
Council Member Mark Levine released the following statement:
“Residents of the Grant and Manhttanville developments are breathing a huge collective sigh of relief today due to outstanding police work by the NYPD. For forty years Grant and Manhattanville have been plagued by inter-development rivalries. Gang violence in these complexes claimed multiple lives, injured many innocent people, and left countless residents living in fear.
“As critical as enforcement action is, PSA6 and the 26th Precinct can’t protect safety alone. The long-term solution to the gang violence issue lies in a dramatic increase in youth development programming in Grant and Manhattanville.
“The small existing programs in each of these developments come nowhere near meeting the demand. We need to invest in our youth if we are going to avoid having to deal with additional raids like this in the years in the years to come.”