Created: October 08, 2021 10:09 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A new agency announced three months ago to direct resources to areas seeing a spike in shootings is still not set up.
Former governor Andrew Cuomo declared a first-in-the-nation "disaster emergency" around gun violence in July.
He directed the state to collect data on gun violence from police agencies weekly, and report this to a new agency within the health department, called the Office of Gun Violence Prevention, but so far — there is no record of the new agency on the Department of Health's website.
That was the first point of the seven-point plan that Cuomo outlined when he first declared the disaster emergency.
The other points included:
At the time it was announced, the plan was said to cost $138.7 million.
A spokesperson for Gov. Kathy Hochul's office says the launch is in its initial stages.
Hochul did extend the disaster emergency through at least Oct. 23.
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