Gov. Hochul: State providing $30M to combat gun violence, more on the way
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that the state is providing $30 million to combat gun violence over the last three months and that more of it is on the way.
This comes in the wake of the recent uptick in shootings. Along with the $30 million already given out, the governor announced that the state plans on investing another $6.3 million to expand gun violence intervention programs across the city and state.
Some of the programs will take place at hospitals.
Gov. Hochul also pledged an additional $100,000 in funding for Family Services of Westchester and Peace is a Lifestyle. This will help expand their youth engagement in Westchester and the Bronx.
Through grants, the state also plans to provide funding for gun intervention staff, youth engagement programs and workforce training and placement.
Gov. Hochul is calling the recent uptick in shootings a wake-up call. So far this year, police tell News 12 the city has seen more than 1,410 shootings total--up 31 since last year.
Local organization, Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence, says the governor’s commitment is crucial.
They believe that intervention starts in the community and that everyone must join to help anyone they believe to be at risk of getting involved with gun violence.