(WBNG Binghamton) Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that 17 counties will compete for more than $13 million to fund efforts to reduce gun violence and homicide in New York.
The Gun Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) initiative will target 17 counties, including Broome and others upstate.
Each county will have to develop a plan to promote evidence-based strategies to reduce gun violence, and include four core elements:
People- identifying repeat or known offenders,
Places- targeting "hotspots" that are prone to gun violence
Alignment- working with intervention groups
Engagement- bringing the community together to work and reduce gun violence
"There are many places doing one of those, there are very few places that have effectively combined all four of those," said executive deputy commissioner Mike Green, "and that's where we really think the value will be added for these jurisdictions."
Firearm-related homicides increased 4 percent in these 17 districts since 2013.
A statewide conference will be held Feb. 18 in Albany for the counties to compete for funding through the program.