SYRACUSE — State Sen. Rachel May, D-53, Syracuse, and Sen. John W. Mannion, D-50, Geddes, on Monday announced that the city of Syracuse will receive $100,000 in grants to combat gun violence.
In a joint press release, the two said that with gun violence having been declared a public health emergency in New York finding ways to curb it is both a matter of public safety and quality of life. The two Syracuse-area Democrats teamed up “to coordinate and ensure maximum impact for this funding, which is designated for organizations who focus on the intervention of violence on our streets,” the release added.
“Gun violence has been a serious problem in America for a long time,” May said. “We are very lucky that Central New York is home to many incredible organizations and individuals doing the difficult on-the-ground work to prevent and intervene in violence. I am proud to have secured funding for these programs and will continue to fight for our community and its people.”
“The proliferation of gun violence in Syracuse and in cities across New York demands action. To help keep our streets safe, I am directing funds to bolster community-based intervention programs,” said Mannion. “Issues surrounding firearms are among the most challenging, complicated, and polarizing of our times. As a former teacher, I believe many solutions to these problems begin with keeping kids in school and on a pathway to college or a career.”
May is awarding SNUG $20,000 and is directing $30,000 to the Street Court Team, a program run under the umbrella of Street Addiction Institute. Mannion is awarding $30,000 to the Center for Court Alternative’s Peace Making Project Community Development Team, $10,000 to OG’s Against Gun Violence, and $10,000 to the SNUG Outreach Team. These organizations will utilize the grants to strengthen existing youth impact teams, connect high-risk individuals with economic and educational opportunities, and expand access to mental health programs, the announcement said.
The funding comes from the Community Violence Intervention Act (CVIA), a gun violence intervention grant program included in the 2021-2022 state budget.