On June 16, a newly refurbished gymnasium at Farragut Houses Community Center was unveiled with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The gymnasium features newly finished and painted floors, new safety mats and an upgraded scoreboard. The gymnasium was funded through drug trafficking proceeds obtained during a criminal prosecutions conducted by the Special Narcotics Prosecutor and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.
Since 2009, Goodwill NYNJ has operated the Cornerstone initiative at NYCHA Farragut Community Center to provide an array of quality services through theme-based programming to youth and adults during non-school hours. Farragut Houses are located in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn.
The Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office, the NYPD’s Narcotics Borough Brooklyn North and the 84th Precinct conducted a long-term investigation into drug trafficking at the Farragut Houses from March 2014 to January 2015. Undercover NYPD officers made over 100 purchases of crack cocaine, heroin and other drugs. The investigation, which was sparked by community complaints and incidents of gang-related violence, also resulted in the seizure of three firearms.
“The NYPD is proud to see these criminal proceeds transformed into an athletic resource that will now be used by the community at the Farragut Houses, beginning with a basketball game between local youth and NYPD Police Officers,” said Police Commissioner William J. Bratton. “This refurbished gymnasium is the result of the efforts of the Police Athletic League and our many partners who remain dedicated to supporting the youth and residents in public housing.”
The Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office and the Kings County District Attorney’s Office joined in a cooperative effort to strengthen the community by supporting recreational programs to build relationships between young people and law enforcement. This program is the result of a successful collaboration between law enforcement, the Police Athletic League, NYCHA and Goodwill NYNJ, as well as community members dedicated to protecting the safety of residents and improving the quality of life for the city’s youth.
Are you active in your community?
Here are some tips on how you can be active in your community:
- Get a group together and clean up trash from local outdoor space.
- Instead of using the car, choose the healthy route and bike to your next location. Burn energy, not gasoline!
- Gather family and friends and organize a summer songfest or play to perform at a nursing home.
- Volunteer to read books or newspapers to those who are visually impaired.
- Collect supplies for persons who have been victims of a fire or other disaster.
- Plant a community garden.
- There are so many things that you can do this summer to help your community. You don’t have to wait for the holidays to volunteer. BE A LEADER IN YOUR COMMUNITY TODAY!