Fighting to reduce gun violence

By Michelle Costanza
By Anna Norris

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 7:16 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Governor Cuomo announced Thursday that Broome County is in line to receive almost $400K to reduce shootings and gun-related homicides.

Broome is one of 17 counties in New York to share a pool of 13.2 million dollars through the Gun Involved Violence Elimination Initiative, or GIVE.

The initiative enables the state to work with communities by addressing crime and bringing offenders to justice.

"Broome County submitted an application; that application included a plan as to how they were going to attack firearm-related violent crime and specifically, shootings and homicides, and this money will go to help them implement that plan," said Michael C. Green, Executive Deputy Commissioner of Criminal Justice Services.

The amount each county was given was dependent on the strength of the applications, including proven strategies to fight crime, as outlined in their plans. The funding also depended on the amount of crime in that area.

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