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BROOKLYN, NY: Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement condemning the act of vandalism of the 9/11 Memorial in Coney Island, New York on October 17.
Congressman Jeffries discusses P.J.'s Act, a bill named after P.J. Avitto, the Brooklynite who was tragically killed in an elevator that lacked the proper safety equipment. The bill is designed to boost security-related funding for public housing organizations. He also addresses the NYPD's inept broken windows policing policy.
In a locket around her neck, Aricka McClinton carries the ashes of her six-year-old son Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto. She says the whole family does the same.
"We go nowhere without them. We wear them every day. Every day. This is our baby," McClinton says.
In June, Prince Joshua, known as PJ, and 7-year-old friend Mikayla Capers were stabbed in an elevator in the Boulevard Houses. Mikayla survived. Ex-convict Daniel St. Hubert is charged with the crime.
"It's never enough security, if you ask me," McClinton says.