Newark mayor introduces children's bill of rights to protect youth
Mayor Cory Booker (D-Newark) unveiled a children?s bill of rights Wednesday at City Hall to ensure the safety and well-being of Newark youth.
The common sense guide includes measures to protect children from the street violence that has plagued the community. Nutritional guidelines are also included. The city?s new director of Children and Family Services, Maria Vizcarrondo, spoke at the event. Vizcarrondo, who grew up in Newark, says while the bill of rights is realistic, residents should be patient because it will take the city five to 10 years to implement the policy.
Officials say a 10-year-old girl was injured in a drive-by shooting on 11th Avenue as Vizcarrondo addressed leaders at City Hall.