Cuomo Announces More Than $3.1 Million In Funding To Combat Gun Violence

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced more than $3.1 million to fund SNUG, New York’s street outreach program, in seven communities across the state. The SNUG program aims to curb gun violence and save lives by intervening in the aftermath of shootings to prevent retaliation, working with high-risk youth to connect them to services and programs, and other community engagement initiatives. The funding will allow the program to continue next year in specific neighborhoods in Mt. Vernon, Rochester, the Bronx, Yonkers, Troy, Poughkeepsie and Buffalo.

“Too many families and communities have been devastated by gun violence in our country,” Governor Cuomo said. “From enacting the strongest gun safety laws in the nation to supporting crucial programs like SNUG, New York State is taking decisive action to end the gun violence epidemic and we will not rest until gun related deaths stop once and for all.”

Grant funding totaling approximately $1.6 million to support street outreach work in four other communities – Albany, Syracuse, Hempstead and Wyandanch – was announced earlier this year, along with other initiatives to address spikes in gun and gang violence in those communities.

New York State’s investment to continue SNUG next year totals $4.78 million, which is approximately $220,000 more than funding provided in 2018. Administered by the State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the SNUG street outreach program has evolved since it began in 2009. It features a unique training curriculum, which was developed using best practices from other programs; provides additional technical assistance and guidance to sites at no cost; and integrates the use of crime analysis to guide its work.

In total, 11 not-for-profit organizations will share the grant funding and manage the SNUG program, which employs outreach workers who live in the communities where they work and have had similar experiences as the high-risk youth they aim to help. Viewed as credible messengers, they respond to shootings to prevent retaliation, help detect conflicts, and work to resolve them peacefully before they lead to additional violence. The outreach workers also engage the community through rallies and special events, and meet with high-risk youth involved with the program to set goals, connect them with assistance to improve their educational and job opportunities, and help them lead crime-free lives.

The following organizations will receive the grants announced today:

  • Family Services of Westchester, Mt. Vernon: $290,500
  • Action for a Better Community, Rochester: $543,700
  • Jacobi Medical Center Auxiliary, Bronx: $626,500
  • Yonkers YMCA, Yonkers: $355,820
  • Trinity Alliance, Troy: $333,050
  • Family Services Inc., Poughkeepsie: $305,100
  • Back to Basics, Buffalo: $677,980

SNUG funding to these organizations have been announced previously:

  • Trinity Alliance, Albany: $426,200
  • Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility: $505,300
  • Family and Children’s Association, Hempstead: $386,050
  • Economic Opportunity Council of Suffolk, Wyandanch: $329,800

This network of street outreach work has been a key component of the State’s crime reduction strategy, according to the governor’s office.

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