BOSTON —  Senator Mark Montigny (D-New Bedford) is pleased to announce that New Bedford will receive $618,845 to combat gang violence through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative.

This award represents an 87 percent increase over last fiscal year when New Bedford received just $330,654.  Following discussions with Chief Cordeiro, Senator Montigny appealed to the Executive Office of Public Safety for increased support for this fiscal year.

Since 2006, the Massachusetts Legislature has appropriated funds to support the Massachusetts Shannon Community Safety Initiative in an effort to reduce gang violence across the Commonwealth.  These funds support a variety of anti-gang programs, including outreach, mentoring and educational opportunities.

“Fostering programs to encourage youth to reject gang violence and its atrocious effects will create a safer community and more prosperous, bright futures for our young people,” said Senator Montigny.  “I will continue my zealous advocacy in the Senate to ensure the continued success of this program for the benefit of New Bedford.”

Information provided by the Office of Senator Mark Montigny (D)-New Bedford