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Cuomo announces $13M in funding to reduce gun violence & crime

Cuomo announces $13M in funding to reduce gun violence & crime

April 18, 2017 11:22 AM

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $13.3 million in funding awarded to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

The funding will go to the 17 counties participating in the state's Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative. GIVE provides technical assistance, training, equipment, and personnel – such as prosecutors and crime analysts –to help communities reduce violent crime.

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"This administration continues to work tirelessly to combat gun violence in our communities and help prevent the needless tragedy that comes with it," Governor Cuomo said. "The GIVE initiative provides law enforcement with resources and training to bolster public safety, strengthen communities that are hardest hit by crime and create a stronger, safer New York for all."

A dozen counties received funding to specifically target gun violence: Albany, Erie, Monroe, Westchester, Onondaga, Suffolk, Nassau, Schenectady, Orange, Niagara, Oneida and Dutchess counties. Five other counties were awarded grants to target aggravated assaults: Ulster, Chautauqua, Rockland, Rensselaer, and Broome counties. 

In Monroe County, the Rochester Police Department and District Attorney’s Office, Sheriff’s Office and Probation Department will share $1,744,060.

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