About Us 

The CCC is a leading nonpartisan nonprofit organization working to prevent the most extreme forms of violence in New York. The CCC’s work includes tackling gun violence, illegal gun ownership, and violent extremism. Our multidisciplinary team works to convert innovative ideas into action, creating programs and policies that result in real change.

In addition to our pioneering work in reducing the flow of illegal guns in New York City, the CCC works together with communities affected by gun violence to create and implement community-led prevention initiatives. In the extremist violence prevention space, the CCC has developed a first-of-its-kind early intervention program for at-risk individuals who may be mobilizing toward ideologically motivated violence.

Our goal and mandate is to stop violence before it starts.

Citizens Crime Commission’s Brownsville Community Peace Advisory Board/Community Historians Village Peace Day Summer 2022
Citizens Crime Commission’s Brownsville Community Peace Advisory Board/Community Historians Village Peace Day Summer 2022

Board of Directors

Richard J. CieckaMutual of America (Ret.) 

Christina DuggerJP Morgan Chase & Co. 

Thomas A. DunneFordham University (Ret.) 

Richard GirgentiKPMG LLP (Ret.) 

David HashmallGoodwin Procter (Ret.) 

Rady JohnsonPfizer Inc. 

Caress KennedyAllied Universal 

Jerry MeadeNew York Giants 

Edward Milstein, Milstein Brothers Capital Partners

Keith Puls, Verizon (Ret.)

Lauren Resnick, BakerHostetler

Lewis Rice, Estee Lauder (Chairperson)

Diego Rodriguez, New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Brendan RyanFoote, Cone & Belding (Ret.)

Stuart Shorenstein, Cozen O'Conner

Edward Stroz, Stroz Freidberg

Benjamin Tucker, Former Deputy Police Commissioner-NYPD


Richard Aborn, President

Richard M. Aborn is president of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, a non-partisan non-profit organization with multidisciplinary expertise that works to improve public safety through innovation.  At the CCC, Aborn advances strategies to improve the justice system, strengthen gun policies and practices, prevent youth gun violence, and prevent cybercrime.  The commission also works with law enforcement, government agencies, community-based organizations, and academia to implement effective, comprehensive strategies to prevent crime.

Also under Aborn’s leadership, the CCC launched the Predictive Prevention Lab, an incubator to develop predictive prevention solutions to enhance the effectiveness of crime prevention through behavior change.  The CCC partnered with researchers at New York University to develop a program, called E-Responder, rooted in proven conflict resolution strategies, which trains community-based anti-violence professionals to interrupt conflicts on social media before the conflict escalates into real-world violence.  In addition, the commission partnered with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh to create an intelligent tutoring system that builds internet users’ resilience to phishing attacks.

In addition to his work at the CCC, Aborn serves as president of CAAS LLC, which advises police departments, criminal justice agencies, corporations, and other organizations in the United States, Latin America, and Europe on criminal justice policy, violence reduction, and Rule of Law issues.

Read more about Richard HERE