1:35 pm Jul. 30, 20122
This morning, around the same time that Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference in Harlem announcing the latest in his tech-campus initiatives, two black elected officials from Brooklyn held a separate press conference at the scene of a recent shooting, asking the mayor and governor for an emergency allocation of $50 million for anti-violence groups in violent neighborhoods.
The mayor is not inclined to indulge their request.
"Feel-good organizations are great and can do some good, but that's not our problem," said the mayor. "Our problem is guns in the streets and people that those kinds of programs probably would never reach. If you look at cities that approach it that way, rather than tough enforcement and getting guns off the streets, their crime rate is so high, you couldn't walk the streets if we had that kind of crime rate. We're not gonna do it."
Yesterday, a drive-by shooting in Brownsville wounded six, including a two-year-old girl.
At the press conference this morning at a Columbia University building on 120th Street and Broadway, Bloomberg announced that thanks to $15 million in city subsidies, the university will be able to create the Institute for Data Sciences and Engineering, which will focus on new media, "smart cities," health and financial analytics and cybersecurity.
This represents the third outgrowth of the mayor's Applies Sciences NYC initiative, which is designed to build up the city's technology sector and has resulted in commitments by Cornell University and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology to build a new campus on Roosevelt Island, along with an agreement by N.Y.U.-led effort to build the Center for Urban Science and Progress in downtown Brooklyn.
Columbia, which is contributing at least $80 million to the effort, will create 44,000 square feet of new facilities for the Institute by 2016, and hire 75 new faculty by 2030.
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