New York Post

500G for LI MS-13 fight

- Ruth Brown, Wires

Long Island police are getting $500,000 in federal funds to help them shut down MS-13 and other violent street gangs that are tormenting Suffolk County residents, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

The crime-fighting grant is part of Project Safe Neighborho­ods — a George W. Bush-era program that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviving as part of the Trump administra­tion’s tough-on-crime agenda.

Both Sessions and President Trump have vowed to take down MS-13, which is responsibl­e for 27 murders in Suffolk County since 2013, including the 2016 slayings of two teen girls who were beaten with baseball bats then hacked up with a machete.

The program will target gangbangin­g “hot spots,” including Wyandanch, North Amityville, Central Islip, Brentwood and Huntington Station, and will include interventi­on programs.

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