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Schumer, Clinton Announce Key Senate Panel Approves $825,000 For Community Projects On Long Island

Senators Worked Closely With Committee To Include Funding In Spending Bill

Funding will go to Project Get REAL to fight Gang Violence, Megan's Law Helpline, and Hagedorn-Hempstead Initiative for Community Outreach

Bill will now be sent to the Senate Floor

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the full Senate Appropriations Committee has approved $825,000 in federal funding for Project Get REAL, Megan’s Law, and the Hagedorn-Hempstead Initiative on Long Island under the FY08  Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill. The funding will be used to aid crime victims, fight gang violence and expand community outreach programs. The bill will now proceed to the Senate floor for approval.


“This is great news for Long Island,” said Schumer.  “These funds help important programs across Long Island.  From protecting communities from sex offenders, to fighting gang violence and bringing together our communities, this money will ensure that the best interests of Long Islanders are served.”


“This is very welcome news for these programs on Long Island. Programs like Project Get REAL and the Hagedorn-Hempstead Initiative are giving our children the chance they need to succeed.  These programs are essential to our work to stem emerging juvenile crime and violence by providing alternatives to gang and criminal life.  Programs like these are some of our best hopes in our fight against crime, and I am proud to these initiatives that are taking steps to stop our young children from pursuing violence,” Senator Clinton said. “I am especially pleased that we were able to secure these funds to staff the National Megan’s Law Helpline, a critical resource to help us track registered sex offenders and support families who may have fallen victim. Megan’s law is an essential tool in our fight to protect our children and this Help Line is an important and easy way for families to make the most of the protection it provides.”


Project Get REAL will receive $350,000 of federal funds to fight gang violence in Nassau County. Project Get REAL, which stands for Redirection Enforcement and Learning, is a three-phase approach designed to reduce gang activity and violence by enhancing the opportunities of young people to avoid gangs, providing law enforcement with modern tools to combat gangs and teaching students, educators and parents about the nature and danger of gangs.


The National Megan’s Law Sex Offender and Prevention Helpline and Crime Victims Center Advocacy Program will use the $375,000 of federal funds to continue to staff the National Megan’s Law Helpline, Crime Victims Center, Advocacy, and Counseling program to fight sex offenders and bring aid and comfort to their victims. Megan’s Law will use the funds to add IT, advocacy, counseling and program staff, cover telephone and equipment costs, and implement website and information technology upgrades.


The Hagedorn-Hempstead Initiative will receive $100,000 of federal funds to expand its program activities through greater hiring ability, distributing outreach materials, and amplifying program services. The Initiative is a unique collaboration between a municipality, school district and private, non-profit human service agency aimed at reducing violent crime among children and adolescents.  The Center targets academically underachieving children in pre-K and elementary school grades and provides effective and early interventions to help divert these children from later involvement in the juvenile justice system.


Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate Appropriations Committee, it will be sent to the Senate floor. Following approval by the Senate, the bill will move towards Conference with the House and then to the President for signature.


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