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District 8

Diana Ayala

El Barrio/East Harlem, Mott Haven, Highbridge, Concourse, Longwood, Port Morris


Gun violence remains a pressing issue on both sides of the district and disproportionately impacts youth both East Harlem and the South Bronx have witnessed various incidents of gun violence – the majority of which occurred in public housing developments in East Harlem.

  • In an attempt to disrupt this violence, Council Member Ayala partnered with Union Settlement and The Boys’ Club of New York to hold youth-centric events in public spaces throughout the summer. Her office successfully held youth fairs, peace marches, backpack giveaways, movie screenings, and job resource fairs on both sides of District 8 to ensure local youth were being met with both productive activities and helpful resources. 

Councilmember Ayala has created a collaborative effort of partnering with local organizations to help address gun violence; such as:

  • Activated public spaces by funding public programming in areas prone to gun violence
  • Secured funding for Corner Stone programs for Millbrook, Mitchel and Patterson Houses
  • Secured funding to construct a state of the art Community center at Wagner Houses
  • Secured funding to expand Cure Violence in East Harlem and the South Bronx.