On Thursday, July 20, 2017, VIBS was thrilled to welcome Assemblyman Dean Murray to the organization’s Islandia office. Assemblyman Murray represents New York’s Third Assembly District which encompasses parts of Shirley, Mastic Beach, Medford, Yaphank, Ridge, Farmingville and Middle Island. The Assemblyman toured the VIBS facility and met with individuals from various departments who spoke about the nature of their work, their clients and the agency’s daily efforts in the community.
Assemblyman Murray was gracious enough to spend this afternoon discussing the issues facing our clients and our communities, from drugs to gang violence, trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence. Right now VIBS is seeing more clients than ever, this year expecting to serve over 12,000 individual clients. Our recently-renamed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination (SAFE) Centers are providing services to more survivors of rape and sexual assault than ever before.VIBS is working to collaborate with local legislators and open a dialogue about the issues facing our communities and the real effects of violence on Long Island.