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DA Vance announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-of-its-kind effort to knit together community-based providers and build new physical spaces for young people in target Manhattan neighborhoods; and an additional $12 million investment to help existing organizations specializing in family and youth development expand their capacity and develop innovative new services.

 

The Manhattan DA's Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which DA Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. Today’s awards focus on four Manhattan neighborhoods identified as areas in need of investment in CJII’s strategic plan: East Harlem, Central and West Harlem, Washington Heights, and the Lower East Side. 

Manhattan DA Cy Vance is right again: It would be an enormous “mistake” for Congress to de facto nationalize US gun laws at the lowest common denominator with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

DA Vance today announced the indictments of Sasha Cordoba and Kevin Desmoreau, both 33, for making false statements about a 2014 arrest in Washington Heights in court documents and in court proceedings, and for conducting an illegal search in relation to the arrest. The defendants are charged in New York State Supreme Court with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and Official Misconduct. CORDOBA is additionally charged with Perjury in the First Degree and Making a Punishable False Written Statement.

“[...] I commend the Speaker for her commitment to reduce incarceration and collateral consequences for New Yorkers who commit low-level violations and infractions. With today’s announcement, she has carried over the finish line what my Office proposed in 2014, when Manhattan prosecutors sat down with our partners in the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, New York State Office of Court Administration, and NYPD to float the idea of dismissing open summons warrants older than ten years. We are here today thanks to the Speaker’s dedication to seeing this through."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Darnelle Watts, a former after-school aide who worked with a Harlem school's choir, to 20-years-to-life in state prison for sexually assaulting two of his students. On January 23, 2017, a New York State Supreme Court jury found Watts guilty of Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.