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February 27, 2017 | CBS New York

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is awarding millions to community-based programs in an effort to prevent crime. “If we want to get serious about making our communities safer, we have to be serious about investing in our communities,” Vance said. The district attorney is giving $58 million in criminal forfeiture funds from international banks to...

February 27, 2017 | NBC New York

A chunk of the $375 million fine that HSBC had to pay for illegally hiding foreign investments will be funding four new community centers in Manhattan, District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced Monday. The prosecutor says the money seized from white-collar crimes will go toward centers in Washington Heights, Harlem, East Harlem and the Lower East Side. 

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February 27, 2017 | New York Law Journal

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced Monday that his office will distribute nearly $58 million in bank forfeiture funds toward programs that help children. Vance said $12 million will be divided almost equally among nine existing organizations—including Sanctuary for Families and the Legal Aid Society...

February 27, 2017 | New York Daily News

Invest, don't prosecute. That was the Manhattan District Attorney's message Monday as he announced a $58 million investment in inner city organizations. Cyrus Vance Jr. said his office will use money obtained prosecuting big corporations for good. "I understand, as well as anybody, that if you really want to reduce...

February 27, 2017 | ABC New York

Money taken from criminal enterprises is being used to help stop criminal activity. It's happening with millions of dollars in New York and several youth programs stand to benefit. $58 million to fight crime comes from criminal funds from international banks that the Manhattan District Attorney went after. "If we want to get serious about safety we need to get...

February 26, 2017 | NY1

Baseball legend Joe Torre spoke about growing up in a violent Brooklyn household...Torre's Safe at Home Foundation and dozens of other community groups were awarded nearly $60 million by Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. The money comes from forfeiture funds and settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. The money will now be used to help at-risk children...

February 23, 2017 | New York Post

It would be an enormous “mistake” for Congress to de facto nationalize US gun laws at the lowest common denominator with the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act.

February 17, 2017 | DNAinfo

A teen who opened fire during a fight over a coat at the Bryant Park skating rink, leaving a 14-year-old paralyzed from the waist down, was sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Cory Dunton, 19, was sentenced Friday after being convicted last month of attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and...

February 16, 2017 | New York Times

The officers, Detectives Sasha Cordoba and Kevin Desormeau, were arrested on Thursday and appeared in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Both were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, and Detective Cordoba was also charged with first-degree perjury and making a punishable false written statement. The two...

February 15, 2017 | DNAInfo

A Harlem choir teacher was sentenced to up to life in prison Wednesday for sexually abusing two students at the elementary school where he worked, prosecutors said. Darnelle Watts, 29, abused the 10 and 12 year old boys at Promise Academy II between September 2014 and June 2015, according to the Manhattan District Attorney's office...