The Latest: NY gov: $15M plan for center honoring slain aide
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on New York City’s West Indian American Day events (all times local):
New York state is pledging up to $15 million to create a Brooklyn community center honoring an official killed during a Caribbean culture celebration three years ago.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plan for the Carey Gabay Community Center on Monday while attending the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.
In 2015, Gabay was fatally hit by stray gunfire during a pre-parade street party known as J’Ouvert (joo-VAY’). He had been an aide to the Democratic governor and a lawyer for the Empire State Development Corp., the state’s business-development arm. Gabay was 43.
The community center will offer 60,000 square feet (5,574 sq. meters) of space for community groups, swimming, basketball and other sports.
It will be in the decommissioned Bedford-Union Armory, which is being redeveloped largely into apartments.
The colors of the Caribbean are on display on the streets of Brooklyn.
Onlookers at the annual West Indian American Day Parade have flags from their countries of origin wrapped around their waists or on their heads as they watch the bands and marchers go by.
New York’s Caribbean community has held annual Carnival celebrations since the 1920s, first in Harlem and then in Brooklyn, where festivities happen on Labor Day.
In recent years, participants and spectators have been joined by a significant law enforcement presence looking to prevent any incidents of violence at the main parade and an earlier morning event known as J’Ouvert (joo-VAY’).
Security measures included a 6 a.m. start time for J’Ouvert instead of a middle-of-the-night kick-off, as well as light towers and entry checkpoints.
Steel drum bands and paint-splashed, wildly costumed revelers are taking to the streets of Brooklyn for one of the largest Caribbean Carnival celebrations in North America.
They’re joined once again by what is becoming the festivities’ new normal — a significant law enforcement presence looking to prevent the kind of violence that has marred it in the past.
The New York Police Department had said that security for this year’s J’Ouvert (joo-VAY’) would mirror steps taken since the 2015 shooting death of an aide to New York’s governor.
That included a 6 a.m. start time for the parade, instead of the middle-of-the-night start of years ago, along with more officers assigned, security checkpoints, light towers and security cameras put in place and a prohibition on large bags, alcohol and weapons.