Governor Hochul Announces $13.6 Million to Combat Gun Violence, Help Victims and Survivors, and Strengthen the State’s Response to the Public Health Crisis

Commissioner of Criminal Justice Services Division Rossana Rosado said, “Since last fall, when Governor Hochul announced emergency funding to reduce gun violence, our Street Outreach and Gun Violence Interruption teams across the state have helped produce concrete results in gun violence reduction. Yet, there is still much to do. Governor Hochul’s the continued commitment to fund gun violence prevention initiatives will allow us to expand, enhance and better sustain these efforts – as our partners across the state continue their extraordinary, courageous and critical work on the ground – to help ensure that all New Yorkers can live in peace and security.”

The $2 million administered by the state Office of Victim Services (SVO) to community capacity building in Queens provides full state funding through the Community Violence Intervention Act (CVIA) to $8.3 million over two years. The CVIA designates a portion of state federal funding from the Victims of Crime Act each year for programs serving communities hardest hit by gun violence. Community capacity development will use funding for crisis response, case managers, outreach workers and social workers; legal services, interpreters and mental health counselling; and an emergency fund to meet the immediate needs of victims, among other services. This spring, Governor Hochul announcement CVIA’s first round of financing: $6.36 million for two years to seven non-profit organizations.

Office of Victim Services director Elizabeth Cronin said“We know that gun violence produces ripple effects that extend far beyond those targeted, causing loss, devastation and trauma to families, friends and entire neighborhoods, as we have seen in East Buffalo. At the Office of Victim Services, we are committed to doing everything in our power to provide services, resources, and assistance to victims and survivors of gun violence. We are proud to support the nonprofit organizations with funding from the Community Violence Intervention Act and we thank the Governor Hochul for his continued leadership on this critical issue.”

These investments advance the state’s public health approach to addressing gun violence: identifying its source, interrupting transmission, and addressing it by engaging communities and connecting individuals to services and support. In addition, the Office of Gun Violence Prevention within the state Department of Health will receive $2.5 million to coordinate interagency gun violence reduction efforts, analyze data, and support the work of public awareness.

State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said: “Gun violence is a public health issue and helping to mitigate gun violence, its health effects and associated suffering begins with investing in communities. As part of the Governor Hochul’s committed to reducing incidents of gun violence across New York State, this funding will further strengthen the trusted community organizations that have long worked to end these senseless tragedies. »

Senator Chuck Schumer said“Addressing the epidemic of gun violence requires using and funding all the tools in the box, including community violence response groups, which use proven methods to reduce violence and save lives. I am proud that we have obtained a historic increase of $250 million for LCI programs in the recently passed bipartisan gun safety law, and I will continue to fight to provide every penny of federal support to these programs to continue their wonderful work in keeping our communities safe. »

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “As communities across our state and country continue to face the scourge of gun violence, this funding will provide much-needed support to victims and survivors of gun violence and help stop crime at its source. I will continue to do everything I can to fight gun violence and save lives.”

Representative Jerrold nadler said, “Gun violence has affected far too many communities across the country, including communities in New York. We have a moral obligation to solve this endemic epidemic, and this funding will be an important step towards combating the harmful effects of gun violence. I fight every day in Congress introducing bills like my “Protecting Our Children Act” and voting in favor of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”. I applaud Governor Hochul for leading the way in New York State, and I look forward to continuing to work in tandem with her to address the epidemic of gun violence.”

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​said: “Nothing is more important than protecting our communities from the scourge of gun violence. One of the top priorities of the Senate Democratic Conference is to support evidence-based programs at the community level as part of a holistic approach to addressing gun violence as a public health emergency affecting our state and the nation. I am pleased that the Governor, in partnership with the Legislature, continues to focus on securing this critical funding to strengthen the reach gun violence prevention efforts and strengthen support services to help victims and survivors heal.”