In an effort to raise community awareness and participation in anti-crime activities, Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Poughkeepsie/Newburgh/Beacon) will join the South Brett Street and Friends Community Watch Program and the Beacon Police Department at the 29th annual National Night Out in the city of Beacon, Tues., August 7. Assemblyman Skartados will speak at the Beacon event and attend National Night Out in Newburgh as well.
“Our community has dealt with our share of crime,” Skartados said. “National Night Out is a great way to increase awareness and send a message that we won’t give up on our streets.”
Over 37 million people in nearly 15,000 communities from all 50 states are expected to participate in National Night Out 2012. According to Assemblyman Skartados, the event will center on heightening awareness for crime and drug prevention, generating support in the community for local anti-crime programs, strengthening the relationship between neighborhoods and the police and sending a message to criminals that the neighborhood is organized.
“I am proud to join local organizations such as the South Brett Street and Friends in combating crime in our area,” Skartados said. “If we are serious about reducing crime, we need to address the root causes; we need to get people jobs and give our kids opportunities.”
During his time in the Assembly, Skartados has helped pass a number of measures to combat crime in the Mid-Hudson Valley. In an effort to boost New York State’s anti-gang initiatives, Skartados sponsored legislation to create a gang assessment, intervention, prevention and suppression program that will combine all anti-gang activities in the state under one roof (A.3834-A). Skartados also sponsored a bill to establish two special gang courts with the Gang Court Pilot Program, one of which is located in Orange County (A.9512).