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MOUNT VERNON JOINS STATEWIDE COALITION TO DECLARE JUNE “GUN VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH”

Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest D. Davis will join communities across the state in declaring June, the month when gun violence typically rises, as “Gun Violence Awareness Month.” 

 “Mount Vernon will stand in solidarity to work toward ending this violence plaguing our communities. We have seen enough pain and loss in our own community. All of us must come together to find ways to eradicate the danger that threatens to destroy quality of life for us all,” said Mayor Davis.

 On Wednesday, April 17, 2013 a press conference will be held at 11 a.m. on the steps of City Hall to announce the city’s participation in statewide community effort to promote annual month-long awareness, discussions and activities to reduce gun violence. Mayor Davis has prepared a proclamation that will be forwarded to Albany to join with other across the state memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim the month  to make addressing gun violence in communities a priority.

 The New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus is leading this push to stem the violence that is impacting poor and minority communities more severely.  The aim is to educate residents throughout the state on how pernicious gun violence is and to strategize with communities on how such violence can be eliminated. 

“This is an important step in in developing a strong coalition statewide that will be committed to addressing this problem. It will not go away with wishful thinking. We’re inviting everyone who can attend this press conference to join us on April 17 to let it be known that Mount Vernon wants gun violence stopped and we are ready to work together to make sure this happens,” said Mayor Davis.

WHAT:               PRESS CONFERENCE –  GUN AWARENESS MONTH

WHEN:              Wednesday, April 17, 2013

TIME:                 11 A.M.

 PLACE:              Steps of City Hall – 1 Roosevelt Square

 For additional information contact Shari Harris, Special Assistant to the Mayor at 914-665-2572.

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