Funding announced to curb violence in Albany

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The New York Governor’s Office announced more than $2 million in grants to curb the recent violence in the City of Albany.

The funding will help support workforce development, community engagement, social service and law enforcement initiatives.

“Young people living in neighborhoods that don’t see those opportunities that haven’t had the opportunity to access those skills while they are in school, we’ve got to reach people where they are,” Mayor Sheehan said.

Key Initiatives

  • Youth job training and build employment opportunities in Albany
  • Expand unemployment strike force and pair with career fairs and community services
  • Provide repairs and upgrades to community centers
  • Establish a $50,000 Elijah Cancer Memorial Gun Violence Outreach Grant
  • Establish $75,000 victim assistance grant to support additional mobile case/social worker
  • School-based media dispute resolution and cyberbullying prevention
  • Expand mentorship to city schools
  • Host community engagement sessions with religious and not-for-profit leaders
  • Deploy mental health training for care managers, peer advocates, and first responders
  • Dedicate $500,000 to upgrade surveillance camera network
  • Provide technical assistance on evidence-based strategies and designate State Police for patrol relief

With the additional funding, the state now has more than $15 million in investments for Albany’s anti-poverty and anti-violence initiatives.

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