Happy New Year!
This past year has been a very productive one for my office.
We implemented a number of new programs aimed at making
∑ Together with the police department and six local churches, we conducted a gun buyback program allowing participants to surrender their guns in return for $200. As a result of this initiative, we collected 287 guns that were eventually melted down and converted into coat hangers.
We started Project Safe Surrender
which created the opportunity for residents with summons warrants to
clear those warrants at
∑ DA Deafway was launched to help the deaf and hard of hearing community access information on programs and services that are available to them through my Office. Members of the deaf and hearing-impaired community can learn more about DA Deafway by going to www.brooklynda.org
My Environmental Crimes Unit
announced indictments for pollution as businesses dumped raw sewage
into Newton Creek and the Shell Bank Creek in Greenpoint and
∑ We have continued our vigorous prosecution of crimes involving money laundering, mortgage fraud, identity theft and welfare fraud. Throughout the year I announced indictments of 60 individuals and corporations for enterprise corruption, mortgage and real estate scams, welfare and Medicaid fraud.
Spearheaded by members of my Rackets
Division, the Sex Trafficking Unit was created.
This Unit works with the
police department, outside agencies and community groups to combat
The 24-hour hotline number (718) 250-2770 is available for victims
and persons with knowledge of this crime to call.
Complimenting this initiative was the creation of a community
outreach campaign focused upon educating the public about this
criminal activity and offering help to victims.
Advertising firm LPNY devoted its time and talent to create
literature and public service announcements by Emmy Award winning
actress Sarah Jessica Parker and Oscar Award nominee and
∑ I implemented a new program to address concerns regarding school safety officers whose work leaves them susceptible to violence. This program complements my Assault on Police Officer Program and Assault on Transit Workers Program.
We are here to protect you and will continue in our efforts
I look forward to
a very successful and productive 2011.