Pols, community focus on safety in NYCHA houses
by Patrick Kearns
Jul 26, 2016 | 3731 views | 0 0 comments | 37 37 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo announce the safety upgrades.
Assemblyman Walter Mosley and Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo announce the safety upgrades.
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Anti-violence advocates speak out at the Walt Whitman Houses.
Anti-violence advocates speak out at the Walt Whitman Houses.
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Just one day after an unidentified woman was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds in the Walt Whitman Houses, elected officials and community leaders announced upcoming safety improvements.

“Why we are here today is because we are truly living and bringing life to the statement that black lives matter,” said Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo said. “That people of color matter.”

According to police, the body that was found inside 56 North Oxford Walk in Fort Greene at around 12:02 a.m. on July 21 with bullet wounds in the head, leg and arm.

“The building in which this happened, in particular to me, is impactful,” said Juan Ramos of Save Our Streets Bed-Stuy, Save Our Streets Crown Heights. “My son was being raised in this building when he was younger. That could have been my son had he still been living there.”

Cumbo and Mosley are partnering to have security cameras installed at the Lafayette Gardens, Farragut and Walt Whitman houses.

“Though the cameras will help identify the location of these incidences and hopefully identify the perpetrators, we must provide additional resources such as employment, youth programming and increased access to community centers as alternative outlets,” she said.

Mosley and Cumbo are also working with Borough President Eric Adams and local civic groups to launch Operation Safe Shopper, which will provide increased surveillance along nearby commercial strips.

NYCHA developments in Fort Greene have seen several violent incidents, including three shooting this year alone.

“We have been on this corner for far too many tragic occurrence that have happened in our community,” said Cumbo. “But we're also here today to make sure that this community is not identified by shootings, is not identified by tragic occurrences.”
“This is a beautiful community of hardworking individuals that are doing their best on an every day basis to make sure our community is safe,” she added.

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