Parents Say $18.5M Promised to Help Fight MS-13 on Long Island Not Enough

April 13, 2018 11:41 pm Last Updated: April 13, 2018 11:41 pm

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law a $18.5 million bill designed to prevent vulnerable youth living on Long Island from being drawn into a life of crime and violence associated with the Central American MS-13 street gang.

This comes a year after four young men; Justin Llivicura, Jorge Tigre, Jefferson Villalobos, and Michael Banegas; none of whom were gang members, were found in a New York park tortured and murdered. Authorities have since arrested the MS-13 gang members they said are responsible for the heinous acts of violence.

Cuomo called the crimes, “evil motivated assassinations,” as he dedicated the new bill in the young victims names. While he said at the press conference that the bill would dedicate nearly $20 million to combat the MS-13 on Long Island; the bill focuses mostly on keeping youth out of gangs through funding community and education programs.

Parents at Brentwood High School on Long Island were not impressed with Cuomo’s efforts to protect their community from MS-13 violence targeting their children. “This is an insult. This isn’t even a drop in the bucket,” said parent Liz Cordero.

The concerned parent said the Cuomo’s, “comprehensive plan is very intense; and it’s the solution, right? But the money doesn’t meet up with the expectations.”