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“I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the families of the two NYPD officers who lost their lives in the line of duty yesterday. Everyone in the law enforcement community and people of good will here in New York and around the country grieve with them. The cowardly murders committed yesterday bring us no closer to a more just society. Violence and its counterpoint, apathy, are the enemies of positive change. Now is the time for meaningful civic engagement and thoughtful, civil discourse. Today is not a time for finger-pointing or blame, which only serves to divide, rather than unite."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Norberto Torres to 25 years in state prison and 25 years of post-release supervision for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl in June 2013. On October 21, 2014, TORRES pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court to one count each of Criminal Sexual Act, Attempted Criminal Sexual Act, and Sexual Abuse, all in the First Degrees.

“As we pause this week to remember the senseless casualties at Sandy Hook Elementary School, we must commit ourselves to take meaningful action to combat the gun violence that devastates so many families. Prosecutors Against Gun Violence is moving on multiple fronts to share intelligence and strategies for reclaiming our communities from gun violence.  In addition to our members’ ongoing efforts in jurisdictions throughout the country, we have established a prosecutors’ clearinghouse for best practices on gun violence prevention and enforcement." (Continued)

DA Vance and Mayor de Blasio announced significant new investments to enhance security at targeted New York City Housing Authority developments, as part of the Administration’s initiative to build stronger families and safer neighborhoods for people living in public housing developments. The District Attorney’s Office – using a portion of funds forfeited by French bank BNP Paribas for violating U.S. sanctions – is committing approximately $101 million to fund key infrastructure upgrades, such as additional exterior and interior security cameras, exterior permanent lighting, new doors and layered (keyfob) access, as well as additional public safety evaluation and programming.

This fall, the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has directed tens of millions of dollars from a settlement with a French bank to pay for everything from computer equipment for police to processing rape-evidence kits. Now Mr. Vance plans to give $101 million to the New York City Housing Authority for security cameras, better lighting and a swipe-card system for residents to enter the buildings.