$2.2 Million Dollars Too Combat Against Violence
$2.2 million in state support to combat violence in Albany, NY. $50,000 inaugural gun-violence grant in the name of Elijah Cancer, 32, who was shot dead in Albany early morning hours of Saturday, July 8, 2018, while attempting to break up a fight involving women when gunfire broke out.
According to governor.ny.gov/news, along with the Elijah Cancer Memorial Gun Violence Outreach Grant, the money would also tribute to improving the city's community centers, increasing support for crime victims, establishing cyberbullying prevention and mentor-ship programs at city schools, trained mentors serve as role models for at-risk youth at three city schools: Albany High School, Edmund O'Neil Middle School of Excellence and Tony Clement Center for Education. $1 million goes toward job-training and employment opportunities for young men and women. Unemployment strike force to connect young people and individuals returning to their communities from incarceration with vocational training, job skills and career opportunities launch by the state Department of Labor. They will also be upgrading the surveillance camera network, adding more state troopers and using a regional Crime Analysis Center to help police pinpoint problem areas and identify individuals who are involved in violence. Office of Mental Health training care managers and peer advocates to assist youth and families who are suffering from high stress or in need of help for severe emotional or behavioral health needs.
Cuomo said in a statement. "I'm proud to have worked with community leaders, clergy and law enforcement in Albany to develop the multi-pronged strategy to tackle this surge of violent crime head-on and provide new opportunity to some of our most underserved and vulnerable New Yorkers” he tells Timesunion.