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What is being done to address the state of emergency surrounding gun violence in New York State?

A new agency called the Office of Gun Violence Prevention that was supposed to be set up within the Health Department has not been created.

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency surrounding gun violence after a large increase in shootings occurred over Fourth of July weekend this year.

The goal would be to compile data surrounding guns and shootings weekly instead of monthly.


The data will find areas that see more violence and be able to act on diffusing the violence using resources.

A communications person with Governor Kathy Hochul’s administration says the Office of Gun Violence Prevention is still in its early stages of being created and more information will be released when available.

$159 million was set aside to combat gun violence in different ways, but only $47 million has been used. $3 million is supposed to be used for the Office of Gun Violence Prevention but no dates have been released for when the money will be disbursed or when the office will be created.

Data collected is not being shared in order to avoid impeding on active investigations into gun violence.

While names aren’t part of the data, specific locations and details to the crimes are.

The state of emergency for gun violence has been extended to Oct. 23.



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