ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A “Stop the Violence” event will be held July 24 at Ernie Davis Park on Lake Street in Elmira.
“I’m very excited for this community event at Ernie Davis Park,” Elmira Police Chief Anthony Alvernaz said.
The event runs from 12-5 p.m. and will feature guest speakers with testimonies from families impacted by violence. Free food and haircuts, as well as a bicycle and toy giveaway, will also be available for those who attend.
In response to removing weapons from the streets and Gov. Cuomo’s Gun Violence Disaster Emergency, Chief Alvernaz believes gun buyback programs are a potential option to make the community safer.
“If there’s any way to remove illegal firearms off the streets and out of the hands of criminals and children, it’s definitely a viable option,” Chief Alvernaz continued.
The event will also include a live DJ, youth dance club, basketball games, and double-dutch jump rope.
The event is presented by Program of P.E.A.C.E.