Anti-gang and Gun Violence Program Widely Successful in Yonkers

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SNUG-Don't Shoot NYYONKERS, NY – State and local leaders in the City
of Yonkers are fighting to keep a successful gun and gang violence prevention
program called SNUG fully funded. At the Friday, March 8, 2013, press
conference, Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Senator
George Latimer, Assemblymembers Shelley Mayer and Gary Pretlow were joined by
members of the Yonkers City Council, Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles
Gardner, SNUG violence interrupters, local activists and members of the clergy
to call on the State to provide steady funding for the SNUG Program.

SNUG has successfully helped reduce shootings and
quell violence in Yonkers and in many cities throughout New York State.

The press conference was originally schedule to
take place at the corner of Elm Street and Oak Street which is the heart of
Nodine Hill, one of SNUG’s target areas, but was moved to the Yonkers YMCA due
to weather. SNUG has been highly successful in Nodine Hill. In 2010 – the first
year of SNUG – there were 8 shootings in Nodine Hill, but by 2012, that number
dropped to 2.

Citywide, the statistics are also dramatic. In
2010, there were 34 shootings in the City of Yonkers. In 2011, the number
dropped to 21, and by 2012, there were only 8 shootings in the City. This was a
76% drop from 2010-2012. The Yonkers Police Department says SNUG has been key
to reducing citywide shootings.

Democratic Conference Leader Andrea
Stewart-Cousins, who initially brought the SNUG Program to Yonkers, commented,
“SNUG has been enormously successful at reducing shootings in Yonkers and many
other communities throughout New York. But year after year, the future of this
program is uncertain due to funding concerns. The SNUG Program has saved lives
and helped young people understand that violence is not the answer. It has been
and will continue to be a great investment in our communities. SNUG was created
by the State, and it has produced real results, so the State should keep it

Senator George Latimer said, “The Yonkers Police
Department does an incredible job keeping the people of this City safe. Any
opportunity that we have as Legislators and representatives of State Government
to assist them in doing that job is a top priority.”

Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer said, “I am pleased
to stand with my colleagues in calling for full state funding for SNUG.
 It has been a tremendously successful program in Yonkers, helping to
reduce gun and gang violence.  It represents the types of investments that
help us reduce costs over the long term.”

“Due to the hard work of our Yonkers Police
Department and community leaders, Yonkers has seen a double-digit decrease in
crime in the last year,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “The highly successful SNUG
program, working with our police department, has contributed to a multi-faceted
approach in this reduction in gun and gang violence. Let’s keep up the momentum
– I urge our State leaders to recognize the value of SNUG and the many young
lives it has saved and can save in the future by continuing their support of
the program.”

Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick
remarked, “I applaud our state delegation for fighting for further aid to
properly fund SNUG. Quite simply, SNUG works and has proven results that the
program solves crimes, reduces gang violence and curbs shootings. While we have
come a long way in crime reduction, Yonkers needs SNUG along with our
Police Department, to continue to make our streets safer.”   

Councilman Wilson Terrero commented, “On behalf
of the Second Council District, I would like to thank Senator Andrea
Stewart-Cousins for her efforts in fighting for additional funding necessary to
maintain and continue the operation of the SNUG program here
in Yonkers.  As you know, the City of Yonkers, Mayor Michael
Spano, the Yonkers Police Department, local elected officials and I, are
determined to mitigate all types of violence and protect the safety and
security of this city’s many diverse communities.  Gang violence, and
violence in general, is not a problem that we address alone; we must work
together with the City's residents, businesses, and community and faith based
leaders to ensure that all type of violent behaviors are eliminated as an acceptable
social norm.  This program, and our partnership with this program,
supplements the fine work of our Police Department and Mayor Spano in
implementing successful efforts that have reduced crime and violence—and thus
has made Yonkers a safer place for everyone.  It is imperative
that this program continue.”

Councilman Christopher Johnson commented, “SNUG
has played a vital role in the decrease in violent crime in Yonkers. Thanks to
Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Democratic Conference Leader, and her colleagues this
effective program was brought to our community. Now we are asking for that same
support to be continued, so the trend of non-violence becomes the norm.”

Councilman Michael Sabatino said, "I urge
the NY State Senate and Assembly to approve funds towards this successful
worthwhile program.  Yonkers is the 113th largest city in the country and
one of the top ten safest cities.  Programs like this help our city to
maintain that high level of safety to our residents by working with our youth
to prevent gun violence."

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner commented,
“We support the SNUG program which has been an important component of our
department’s very successful & multi-faceted strategy to address gun related
violence in Yonkers.” 

Dr. Jim Bostic said, "Yonkers has made great
strides in reducing gang violence, and this has been a direct result of the
work of the Yonkers Police Department and the staff of project SNUG. They have
been the arms and the legs of the City of Yonkers' Violence and Gang prevention
coalition on the street."

John Thompson, Yonkers SNUG Program Manager said,
“One of the best things to happen in Yonkers is that it learned how to handle
many of the challenges of the streets.  One of these answers was project

The SNUG Program – which is “guns” spelled
backwards – was created by the New York State Senate in 2009 with a $4 million
allocation in the State Budget. The funding was distributed to targeted cities
throughout the State, and Senator Stewart-Cousins was able to secure $250,000
to bring the program to the City of Yonkers. After a competitive process, the
Yonkers Family YMCA was chosen to administer the program.

Since then, despite the program’s success, the
future of SNUG has been a yearly concern due to lack of funding. In 2011, when
SNUG funds had run dry and the program was in danger of shutting down, the
State Division of Criminal Justice Services came through with a $150,000 grant
to keep the program running for the remainder of the year. Recently, the
Yonkers City Council and Mayor Spano allocated $100,000 to keep SNUG running
until June of this year. State and local officials on Friday said this
uncertainty is not necessary.

Modeled after the Ceasefire Program in Chicago,
SNUG is a frontline violence prevention initiative which directly reaches out
to at-risk youth. SNUG violence interrupters are on call every night to respond
to and intervene in situations that could result in violence or escalate. The
SNUG workers in Yonkers are mostly ex-offenders who have turned their lives
around after serving time.

SNUG programs utilize grassroots neighborhood
outreach, public awareness campaigns and community mobilization to engage
youth. It’s a hands-on, street-level approach to prevent violence by shifting
attitudes, changing ways of thinking and interrupting disputes before they
spiral out of control.

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  1. Please let me know of any event’s forgot to add above for Youth Gun Violence Conferences or any Gangster Agenda’s or Platform’s for a better Minnesota for ALL Minnesotan’s of which I was born and raised at the General Hospital in 1961, mostly lived on the northside, 424 Dupont Avenue North was lived alot with alot of other addresses! Don’t Support Organized Gangster’s and Racism, Extortion, Capitolization, Exploitation, Arrogance,and Ignorance, and Discrimination and Prejudice on any platform intentionally for anyone! God gave us all Free Will and Free Choice to be all that we all desired to be unrighteous or righteous, judgement yet to fall on lifestyles due to all the choices of Gangster’s in Politic’s and allowed to play Organized Religion in the supposed to be Church of Jesus Christ also! If you love the world, your enemies of God! Mind memory! Character base thought, verses the past of alot more Faith Based, only three week’s with innovation with new decision’s in my life for self, but yet with boundaries and limitation’s as to my personal advocation’s of choice for me! This never will and never does compromise my position as a Civil and Human Right’s Leader in all of my communities Indiana, Kentucky,and Minnesota,and Illinois, whom I believed extorted me from Mind with Substance and Mind Reading Surgeory Illegally,there all Millionaire’s and rich, and I share a bathroom and shower and toilet with alot of men, and a room that used after paying rent for sex for other’s and theft and everything else that’s damnable, and untold, alot of damaged property, at the Evergreen Residence, but it’s the cheapest rent in town, on alot of waiting list! Government from Indiana, Illinois,and Minnesota, and Kentucky, all extort 20 year’s of contact’s, still I press to be apart of the community and city and state,even work with Teen’s with Amicus, and also Adult’s with Amicus, as long as they don’t coerse and manipulate me for psychiatrist to play drug’s from 21 year ago Offense as a Felon! But yet with the thorn in the flesh, it doesn’t stop me from the extortion and ignorance of the Gangster World Order and Organized Religion’s, hate a fake, I press on! Keep me in your prayer’s! Min.Bradley C. Jones The returned position’s and titles and licence didn’t call me to a Organized Religion, Jesus Christ did! Letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life! I represent no Organized Religion, or Non-Profit, or Business, just alot of academic’s and theology,and life experiences from the street’s, jail’s, prison’s, gangster’s, hope this doesn’t shock you, even relationship’s in the past of 120 gangster lover’s in Indiana, that infected me with HIV,and Cancer and so many other thing’s, told I had one year to live in 1992, and now I battle for unwanted drug’s on my pill’s through Ignorance and Arrogance of stalker’s 24/7 with lies,and schemes,and scam’s, awaiting my 2 week without my HIV Med’s due to not prostituting or letting a pimp, or drug dealer, or trick, or bisexual or homosexual man dominate me to play my academic’s or theology or sexual for gain for him or them?Gang’s! Sexuality(Sexual-error)! Won’t go for that so there’s a hesitance in housing and part time job, food resources, clothing, medical services with med’s, and property and food not being tampered with in my residence of where I pay rent! Extorted and watched with the Capitol Punishment of the Mayor and Governor and President of the United States,because I won’t bow to the Black Dragon or the Black Arab’s or the Black Greek’s! Shalom Bradley C. Jones The Accusser of the brethren, Job 1st and 2nd Chapter! Speak and live with devil’s and demon’s,and yet in and out of marriage in Religious Group’s and Racist Group’s, and defilement in/out of marriage Heb.13th Chapter, but yet have the NERVE to judge the past of my sealed record’s and expungement’s with an isolated and ignorant and arrogance of guessing of the past felonies with nothing to stand on or work with,just guessing all day long, even stalk while typing in the hallway! Prayerfully Submitted Didn’t know that Capitol Punishment was allowed in the United States of America,and also Torture of body and mind,and reverse Psychology with every set up group or comment!

  2. Retired from Overseer of the Prison Ministries For The Nation,and Member of the Minister’s Association of the Nation, and Gave back a few month’s ago with the above the Minister’s License from Illinois, Mattson/Dolton! Also have studied 35 year’s of theology, and Paraprofessional for the Juvenile Court System, and Supervised Community Service, Clemency Interview Reciepient, and Second Chance Involvement, 4-Justice, and June-Teen, Mn-Challenge, Youth Link, Rondo Day’s, Urban Ventures, Criminal’s and Gangster’s Anonymous, Mad Dad’s, Fraud with Macedonia Miss.Baptist, and also Minnesota Gospel Music Workshop of America/Chaplin Unofficially, Aliveness Interview(KSTP)interview at 4-Justice as well, just to name a few thing’s! 23 year’s also collectively in the Tri-State delivered from the Convict to the Inmate and found also that there were VERY few that traveled that narrow road as they exploit and extort the Mind/Body/Contact’s/Resources of all family and friend’s and associates, EVERYTHING, including illegal surgeory procedures from FBI’s Edgar Hoover! So many trying to get famous of my past, it’s an opportunity to recieve stardom at the Apollo! They don’t cry they just advertise!

  3. Someone seems a tad bit bitter… I have time on and think that pct is running just fine. You named a few people who allegedly got screwed by the octagon of evil but I’m assuming you did not put your own experiences up there… Very interesting, you think you are hiding behind a key board but the more you post the more obvious it is who you are…

  4. To all of you pathetic, sneaky and cowardly bloggers, grow a pair. Your desperation is enjoyable but the cowardice is disgusting. How sad it must be to be afraid of someone so much that you choose to hide behind a computer to denounce them. If you call yourself a cop, stop. You are anything but that.

  5. Councilman Michael Sabatino said, “I urge the NY State Senate and Assembly to approve funds towards this successful worthwhile program.
    Councilman Christopher Johnson commented, “SNUG has played a vital role in the decrease in violent crime in Yonkers.
    Just to let you know Mr Sabatino and Johnson the guy you made a phone to keep as the Capt of the 4th Pct talks horrible about SNUG and puts them down every chance he gets….

  6. Hezi, Antonio sounds like a perfect candidate to interview for your show. Someone who will tell the truth behind this dog and pony show! Much respect Antonio. We need people like you fighting the good fight.

  7. how old is that 4th pct ex? I saw him getting his hair colored the other day putting on his face cream…putting in his false teeth….looked like the old man walking the dogs in the movie Moonstruck……..

  8. That 4th pct Capt is good to his guys and there is nothing wrong with it if it were sincere….but it’s not…. eveything he does is to benefit him……he can give a hoot about you cops…..he acts without facts and is a coward….do you rookies know that he has written up more people then any other boss…. wrote up his best friend and had his skinny little pale friend go after him to….he has written up quite a few people that did not agree with him……Oh and for you rookies that think you know everything with 10 days on the job he is a list of people they screwed or used and blew off
    1) Charlie Cola who actually put them in power they don’t even talk to him as a matter of fact they treat him like crap when they see him
    2)Lt Pufahl 40 years on the job and RATTED him out to Hartnett and Flemming that he was never around.
    3)Comm Tagart 38 years on the job. 4th pct Capt Baldy, Det Sgt Pale face, KO Rat, went to Amicone stabbing him in the back getting him fired then getting Hartnett here who which is funny started screwing with them.
    4)wrote up Det R.M. 24 years on the job (their friend who broke Det Sgt Pale Face in) for nonsense because he had a differance in opinion than them. They wrote hin up twice in SIU and the Det Div oh and 4th pct Capt when in SIU wanted crim charges filed
    5)Sgt J Dog 21 years on the job wrote him up because he did not let them strong arm him in SIU
    6)when IAD LT got transferred blamed the Sgt’s attacking them making things up trying to damage their character( it could not have been beacuse he was talking crap about the 3rd floor..)
    7) PO MB took away his OT beacause he had a difference in opinion ……
    and there are countless people that they tried to backdoor and screw but could not get it done….as well as try to get cops and bosses thrown out of units to put themselves in some cushy spots….I just done have the time to write it all today…
    so to you cops in the 4th pct that think you know everyting go eat your turkey leg and grill some hamburgers and when you get some time on the job and really know whats going on you can talk…..

  9. Now that the perps can’t have more
    than seven rounds in magazine,this
    will keep gun violence down. So says
    Little Mario, aka spawn of Satan, Cuomo!!

  10. You can’t believe this dog and pony show bull, you need a machine gun and bullet proof vest to walk in Ghetto square at night.

  11. Not true! The gang and gun violence has stop and/ or slowed down because, of community activists like me, who have taken ourself to help educate and promote positivity within our community to make Yonkers, NY a better place to live, now our focus is on the corruption with the body of government which was elected to run this city.

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