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AG Jeff Sessions to visit Central Islip, discuss gang violence

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during the

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during the Ethics and Compliance Initiative Annual Conference in Washington D.C. on April 24, 2017. Photo Credit: AFP/Getty Images / SAUL LOEB

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to discuss Long Island’s gang violence problem Friday during a visit to Central Islip, officials said.

Plans for Sessions’ appearance — effectively taking on the notorious M-13 gang on its own turf — were announced one week after Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) told community members in Suffolk County that he would hold congressional hearings on the issue.

Sessions’ visit to the federal courthouse, expected between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., will be his first stop on Long Island since he was installed as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

Last week, at a Washington, D.C. meeting on transnational organized crime, he said “criminal organizations like MS-13 represent one of the gravest threats to American safety.”

Sessions warned: “If you are a gang member, we will find you. We will devastate your networks. We will starve your revenue sources, deplete your ranks and seize your profits. We will not concede a single block or street corner to your vicious tactics.”

The courthouse visit comes two weeks after four young men were brutally killed in a Central Islip park. Their mutilated bodies were found April 12, sparking a wave of anger and fear.

Authorities have linked those killings to MS-13, as well as the September slayings of two teenage girls from Brentwood.

With David M. Schwartz

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