MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The city will be following the lead of communities throughout the state by declaring June as “Gun Violence Awareness Month,” Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis announced.
Most years, June represents the largest increase in gun violence over the year. Davis will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall to announce his involvement in the program.
“Mount Vernon will stand in solidarity to work toward ending this violence plaguing our community,” he said. “We have seen enough pain and loss in our own community. All of us must come together to find ways to eradicate the danger that threatens to destroy quality of life for us all.”
The mayor said the city will participate in the statewide effort to promote month-long awareness, discussions and activities on gun control. Davis has prepared a proclamation that will be forwarded to Albany.
“This is an important step in developing a strong coalition statewide that will be committed to addressing this problem,” he added. “It will not go away with wishful thinking. Let it be known that Mount Vernon wants gun violence stopped and we are ready to work together to make sure this happens.”
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