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Rep. Zeldin Statement on AG Sessions’ Visit to Long Island

April 28, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Terrorism and Illicit Finance Subcommittee, just released the following statement on United States Attorney General Jeff Session’s visit to Central Islip today:

“I thank Attorney General Sessions for coming to Long Island today to address firsthand the rise in gang violence in our community. Just a few weeks ago, four men, two of whom were from the First Congressional District, were senselessly and tragically murdered by MS-13, using machetes. We must address the rise of gang violence on Long Island and throughout our country that is ruining lives, causing irreparable harm to families, and devastating our local communities. It is perfectly acceptable to have differences; everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, as one community, we should all be coming together and providing a warm welcome to AG Sessions, instead of lining the streets to oppose this visit, especially for this visit's purpose. AG Sessions is visiting our community, because he wants to help us eliminate the threats posed by MS-13 and other gang activity. Failure is not an option. We need an all hands on deck approach from the federal, state and local government, as well as from organizations and groups within the local community, involving all who care to play a much needed leadership role to combat this crisis.”

Yesterday, Congressman Zeldin attended a subcommittee hearing entitled “Safeguarding the Financial System from Terrorist Financing,” where Mr. Jamal El-Hindi testified, the Acting Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. During the hearing, Congressman Zeldin called on FinCEN to get more directly involved combating the rise in gang violence in Suffolk County, including the rise of brutal acts of violence from groups like MS-13 and other Central American gangs. You can read more here