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$28 million to combat gun violence

New York Governor Announces Opportunities for Youth and Strengthening Public Safety

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced funds to improve security.

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday the availability of $28 million to help seven cities (Albany, Buffalo, Mount Vernon, Newburgh, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers) combat gun violence across the state. This funding is available through Project RISE – Respond, Invest, Sustain and Empower – to provide community organizations in each city with up to $2 million to implement, expand and improve programs and services that increase opportunities for youth and families. , empower neighborhoods disproportionately affected by gun violence, and improve public safety. In addition, $2 million in capital funds will be made available in each city to support these violence prevention services and safer neighborhoods.

“The scourge of gun violence requires bold investments on multiple fronts, and by investing in local organizations through Project RISE we will help meet the needs of every neighborhood, address local challenges, and provide sustainable and effective solutions,” said Governor Hochul.

“This funding and these partnerships will enhance, augment and expand the State’s comprehensive response to gun violence in each of these cities, helping to address the root causes of gun violence and create safer neighborhoods for all New Yorkers,” she said.

For his part, the lieutenant governor, Antonio Delgado, said that “the governor and I are facing this increase in armed violence from all angles, doubling public safety. In addition to engaging law enforcement, strengthening gun laws, and running gun buyback programs, we’re also empowering communities through outreach efforts. The new Project RISE will allow local governments and community organizations to direct funds where they are needed most.”

Lt. Governor Delgado joined elected, community and law enforcement leaders at the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon to describe the state’s significant investment in Project RISE, part of the administration’s multifaceted plan to address the rise in shootings and related homicides. with firearms since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Developed and administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), Project RISE enables local stakeholders in each city to develop a comprehensive financing plan that addresses the unique needs of their neighborhoods.

Posted on October 27, 2022

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