On National Night Out, Congressman Joseph Crowley Holds Morris Park Anti-Crime Event
Bronx, NY-Today, Congressman Joseph Crowley (NY-07) participated in National Night Out and held an anti-crime event in Morris Park with the Morris Park Community Association. Congressman Crowley highlighted the upcoming expiration of the assault weapons ban and his work in Congress to make sure this deadly weapon is never allowed back on the streets.
"Today is a day when we recognize the work of those across the U.S. who work every day to protect our communities," said Congressman Crowley. "I am especially proud of the work going on here in Morris Park. This is the best of New York; this is the real New York. Under the Morris Park Citizen's Patrol, neighbors and friends volunteer their time and labor to work with the good people of the NYPD's 49th Precinct to restore and repair their communities. The result is better relations and greater trust between law enforcement and the people they serve. The result is an improved environment for all of us."
Congressman Crowley continued, "Today, there are some serious challenges facing our law enforcement and our residents. Congress has taken some steps over the years to protect our police officers and our communities. One step Congress took 10 years ago, the assault weapons ban, is about to expire. Since its introduction in 1994, the ban has increased public safety and prevented dangerous weapons from falling into the hands of violent criminals, including terrorists. Since the Ban, use of assault weapons has dropped 66% from the pre-ban rate. Today, there is no legitimate reason for civilians to have access to military-style weapons that are useless for recreational activities and only serve the purpose of furthering unwanted criminal activity. The good news is that most Americans agree with this sentiment. I am a proud and vocal sponsor of a bill to make the assault weapons ban permanent."
"Today we owe our community the pledge that we will continue to move forward-not backward-in the fight against crime," added Congressman Crowley. "Whether through increased resources for our police, support for the organizations like those of the MPCA, or through reinstating the assault weapons ban, we must continue to protect what makes Morris Park great-the people that live, work, and volunteer here.
The Morris Park Community Association was established in 1973 to "preserve the quality of life in the Morris Park community." MPCA is a nonprofit civic group composed of concerned Morris Park residents who sit on local hospital advisory boards, as well as the Community School Board, Community Planning Board and the 49th Precinct Council. MCPA committees work with the Sanitation Department, Department of Traffic, Parks Department and NYPD to address community concerns. The Morris Park Citizen's Patrol was created by the Morris Park Civic Association to join forces with their local Police Precinct, to combat crime and graffiti and keep their neighborhoods safe. In August of 2003, Congressman Crowley announced a $14,700 federal grant for the Morris Park Citizen's Patrol for their anti-crime/anti-graffiti and quality of life initiatives.
The 21st Annual National Night Out (NNO) is a crime/drug prevention event designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partners; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.