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$20 million for victims assistance in New York: How will it be used?

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Governor Kathy Hochul has unveiled a new $20 million funding allocation for victim assistance programs across New York, aimed at offsetting expected cuts in federal funding. Announced during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which ends on April 27, the funding is part of the FY 2025 Enacted Budget and will support direct services for crime victims and survivors statewide.

In a statement, Governor Hochul emphasized her personal commitment to ensuring victims and survivors have the necessary resources for recovery, inspired by her mother’s advocacy in domestic violence. The funding will help maintain vital services like counseling, emergency shelter, and legal aid, ensuring programs can continue through September 2025.

To commemorate the week, Governor Hochul directed that 10 state landmarks be illuminated in berry, navy, and violet. She also issued a proclamation reinforcing the state’s dedication to supporting crime victims, which includes ongoing initiatives to improve the justice system’s responsiveness to their needs.

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