Today, Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon, Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Borough President James Oddo, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sánchez, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, The Legal Aid Society, the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Staten Island Performing Provider System, the Staten Island Partnership for Community Wellness, and Staten Island providers – Community Health Action of Staten Island and Christopher’s Reason announced the Heroin Overdose Prevention & Education (“HOPE”) initiative – an innovative and new pre-arraignment diversion program that will redirect low-level drug offenders to community-based health and treatment services, instead of jail and prosecution.
Staten Island District Attorney Michael E. McMahon today announced that Steven Bloome was sentenced to 42 years to life in prison after previously being convicted of two counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, among other charges, for robbing a man at knifepoint inside the victim’s home.
District Attorney Michael E. McMahon today announced the takedown of a drug-dealing ring that sold cocaine in several neighborhoods in Staten Island. Three dealers, all brothers, were indicted on felony drug charges and arraigned in Richmond County Supreme Court, St. George, before Judge Charles Troia. An additional defendant was previously arrested and indicted in connection to this investigation. Search warrant executions also yielded a large quantity of narcotics.