WYANDANCH - Suffolk officials are seeking a preliminary injunction to ban gang members from gathering in Wyandanch in a new bid to end gang violence in the county.

County officials today filed the papers in State Supreme Court that would ban 37 self-admitted gang members from being together within a two-square-mile "safety zone."

Last year, a plan by County Executive Steve Levy (R-Suffolk) to stop gang members from congregating faced opposition from the ACLU.

Community leader Sandra Thomas says she fully supports Suffolk's plan to keep known gang members from gathering together in public places, a scene she says occurs all too often.

"I went to the airport the other morning at three in the morning and on the corners there were groups of people just milling about with different colors," she says.

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