The TimesLedger wrote about the town hall meeting Sen. Jose Peralta co-hosted to tackle gang violence in Jackson Heights.
TimesLedger: Reps talk safety at Jackson Heights Town Hall
Concerned Jackson Heights residents gathered at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights last week for a town hall about gang violence and neighborhood safety that was organized by Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst).
The meeting was called after a recent incident in Travers Park, at the corner of 77th Street and 34th Avenue. An 18-year old was playing basketball in the northeast corner of the park at about 8:10 p.m. May 9 when he was approached by seven to 10 men and was stabbed by one of them. He was transported to a hospital in stable condition, according to police. The perpetrator has not yet been arrested.
“Travers Park is the only park around here, and there’s no reason we should lose this park to gangs or anyone who wants to hurt our kids,” Peralta said. “We want to ensure these stabbings do not become the norm.”
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