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Mayor Says Jobs Could Prevent Some Violence

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – A community organization is declaring an end to street violence in the City's University and Masten District.

The Community Action Organization of Erie County, Mayor Byron Brown and other community leaders are concerned about the recent rash of violence that has cropped up in the 14215 zip code of the city. Mayor Brown believes employment is one solution to ease street crimes.

The Community Action Organization was scheduled to gather with the Mayor in a parking lot at Stockbridge and Bailey Tuesday. 19 year old Jermaine Martin was murdered at the site this past weekend. But the rally was canceled by inclement weather. Still, their concerns remain.

Mayor Brown says a large effort by police and community groups continues to reduce violent crime. Brown says it is hard to say what is the root cause of the recent violence in the 14215 zip code. But he believes a lack of jobs could be part of the problem.

Brown says anytime an area experiences fuller employment, crime numbers tend to decrease. Brown says through the city's summer employment program they are ready to hire a record number of youth, that will keep more City teens busy this summer.

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