Community Initiatives

In May of 2016, Bridget Brennan and SNP staff participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Frederick E. Samuel Houses Community Center gymnasium.  Located at 669 Lennox Avenue in Harlem, the gymnasium features a new scoreboard and refinished floors. Funds for the refurbishment came from an investigation into drug sales in the vicinity of the housing development in July 2015. Following the ribbon cutting, the Police Athletic League sponsored a “Cops & Kids” basketball game between the boys that play for the Frederick E. Samuel Houses Community Center basketball team and NYPD officers from the 32nd Precinct and Police Service Area 6.

In the wake of major investigations, SNP seeks opportunities to make positive contributions to neighborhoods that have been impacted by drug trafficking and law enforcement activity. By supporting recreational programs, SNP has an opportunity to help strengthen the community and build relationships between young people and law enforcement.

In the first of two major community projects implemented in 2015, SNP funds paid for a new scoreboard and 24-second clocks at the Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Visual Arts, located at 215 West 114th Street in Harlem. This followed a successful investigation into narcotics trafficking in the vicinity of A. Philip Randolph Houses, a NYCHA residential complex up the block from Wadleigh.

In conjunction with a scoreboard unveiling in May 2015, the Police Athletic League (PAL) sponsored a “Cops & Kids” basketball game between the Wadleigh boys’ varsity basketball team and NYPD officers representing the 28th Precinct and PSA #5. Financial support came from drug trafficking money seized during criminal prosecutions by SNP. A second major community project funded a newly refurbished gymnasium at the Farragut Houses, a NYCHA residential development located

community_initiative Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan tosses up the basketball to start the game between Wadleigh varsity athletes and NYPD officers.
in the Vinegar Hill section of Brooklyn. This followed a long-term investigation into drug dealing in and around the Farragut Houses. A ribbon cutting ceremony in July 2015 marked the opening of the refurbished gymnasium, along with a PAL sponsored “Cops & Kids” basketball game involving members of the Farragut Houses Community Center boys’ basketball team and police officers from the 84th Precinct and PSA #3. Refurbishments included newly finished and painted floors, new safety mats, and an upgraded scoreboard.
community_initiative_2 Law enforcement partners, community members and youth from the Farragut Houses participate in a ribbon cutting.