Statement from Borough President Vito Fossella on Surge in Youth Crime and Youth Victims on Staten Island
It is tragic that so many young people on Staten Island have been killed and/or injured by violent crime.
The numbers are bad– murder, robbery, larceny and assault of youths have increased significantly since last year. There has also been an unacceptable surge in youth committing violent crimes, particularly assaults and robberies.
It is unfathomable that in this day and age, so many youths have been made victims of violent crime or have committed violent crime themselves. No child should have to experience violence or live in fear, nor should any parent see their child made a victim.
In light of this surge in violent crime, we will host a roundtable in the coming weeks. We have invited all of our fellow Staten Island elected officials (most of whom have said they will attend), representatives from the Department of Education and other interested parties to discuss ways that we can curb this tragic surge in youth violence.
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