New York State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon announced on Thursday $50,000 for local violence prevention and crime reduction efforts.
The $50,000 from the state Assembly’s budget will be shared among the Rome and Utica police departments, along with the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office. Buttenschon, D-Marcy, announced the funds in Utica on Thursday.
“We must ensure Oneida County remains a safe place for families to call home and thrive,” Buttenschon said in a release.
“We’ve made great strides in the county and across the Mohawk Valley to improve community safety but, like many other communities, we’ve seen an uptick in crime as pandemic restrictions are lifted,” she added. “These funds will support local initiatives and programs aimed at curbing violent crime by taking proactive prevention measures.”
The $50,000 can be used for services and expenses related to state and local crime reduction, youth justice and gang prevention programs, officials said. These measures can include community outreach, crime analysis, research and shooting or violence reduction programs, the area Democrat said.
“We would like to thank Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon for securing funding for antiviolence programs,” said Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo in a release.
“A tremendous amount of financial resources are required to effectively mitigate the effects violent offenders have on neighborhoods and communities in general. The City of Rome will put these program funds to good use, and appreciate the Assemblywoman’s continuing commitment to assist our cities to remain safe and secure for our residents.”