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MAYORS’ URGE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO CURB GANG VIOLENCE

Mayor Robert”Bob” Bowser, Chairman of the League of Municipalities’ Gang Prevention and Youth Violence Task Force and Mayor Doug Palmer of Trenton City and President of the NJ Conference of Mayors, hosted a joint press conference at the State House to urge Legislative action on a package of bills which would help curb the escalating gang violence in our communities. Mayors from across the State attended the press conference to add their voice to the call for immediate action.

The League of Municipalities and the Conference of Mayors agree that gang violence is, by far, the most important issue faced by many municipalities today. “This issue has more relevance than our State’s budget crisis because it is killing our most important resource -- our youth” stated Mayor Bob Bowser of East Orange and League third Vice-President. The increase in gang murders, robberies and intimidations is taxing our neighborhoods and demands aggressive action. 

Mayors hope to focus legislative attention on a series of proposals which would establish a Gun Court Pilot Program; fund a Ceasefire Anti-Violence Program; make possession of assault firearm a second degree crime; permit municipal ordinance to curb gang related loitering; instruct elementary school students in ways to avoid membership in gangs and upgrade the crime of soliciting or recruiting for criminal street gangs while on school property.  Schools are a known primary site for gang recruitment.

Mayor Bowser called upon the Legislature to “immediately post these bills for public hearing and to act expeditiously to enact this package and forward it to the Governor’s desk”.  These proposals provide the tools which support our mayors’ ongoing efforts in the battle against the threat to public safety.

For Further information, contact: Bill Dressel, Executive Director (609) 695-3481, ext. 22 NJLM - Press Conference on Gangs

407 West State Street, Trenton, NJ 08618  (609)695-3481
 NJLM logo 

William G. Dressel Jr, Executive Director - Michael J. Darcey, CAE, Asst Executive Director
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MAYORS’ URGE LEGISLATIVE ACTION TO CURB GANG VIOLENCE

Mayor Robert”Bob” Bowser, Chairman of the League of Municipalities’ Gang Prevention and Youth Violence Task Force and Mayor Doug Palmer of Trenton City and President of the NJ Conference of Mayors, hosted a joint press conference at the State House to urge Legislative action on a package of bills which would help curb the escalating gang violence in our communities. Mayors from across the State attended the press conference to add their voice to the call for immediate action.

The League of Municipalities and the Conference of Mayors agree that gang violence is, by far, the most important issue faced by many municipalities today. “This issue has more relevance than our State’s budget crisis because it is killing our most important resource -- our youth” stated Mayor Bob Bowser of East Orange and League third Vice-President. The increase in gang murders, robberies and intimidations is taxing our neighborhoods and demands aggressive action. 

Mayors hope to focus legislative attention on a series of proposals which would establish a Gun Court Pilot Program; fund a Ceasefire Anti-Violence Program; make possession of assault firearm a second degree crime; permit municipal ordinance to curb gang related loitering; instruct elementary school students in ways to avoid membership in gangs and upgrade the crime of soliciting or recruiting for criminal street gangs while on school property.  Schools are a known primary site for gang recruitment.

Mayor Bowser called upon the Legislature to “immediately post these bills for public hearing and to act expeditiously to enact this package and forward it to the Governor’s desk”.  These proposals provide the tools which support our mayors’ ongoing efforts in the battle against the threat to public safety.

For Further information, contact: Bill Dressel, Executive Director (609) 695-3481, ext. 22

 

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