Albany, NY – Governor Andrew Cuomo says a surge in gun violence across New York cities Declare a state of emergency on Tuesday..
This move, which Cuomo called a disaster emergency, means that New York could strengthen the presence of law enforcement agencies in cities with increasing shootings and place additional national resources in crime-prone areas. Said.
In addition, he said the state would set up a new gun violence prevention office within the State Department of Health, demanding police agencies to better report where shootings were taking place, and establishing a council on gun violence reduction.
The Democratic governor said the state’s future depends on its ability to curb gun violence, which has hit the color community hard and called it a “state-wide problem.”
In a speech at John Jay College in Manhattan, Cuomo said, “This is the state we were in when we saw injustice, and we have no other perspective. We stood up and said I will fight. “
Cuomo’s announcement, which costs $ 139 million in state aid to various initiatives, takes place in the midst of a nationwide surge in gun violence.President Joe Biden Seeking National crime prevention policy to reduce shootings.
According to state data, shootings in major cities last year increased by 40% compared to 2019 in New York due to a reduction in the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to Kuomo, the number of people killed in the shootings in New York on the weekend of July 4 was higher than COVID-19, with 13 COVID-19s dead and 51 dead.
This problem is found not only in New York City, but also in northern and suburban cities. Rochester is progressing at a historically deadly pace, with 38 murders this year. The latest was a 16 year old boy On Sunday; the city had the worst year of murder in 1993, with 70 people.
According to national data site AH Datalytics, homicides have increased by 18% year-on-year in major US cities, the largest annual increase ever recorded since 2020.
The increase in shootings is due to a decrease in other crimes such as rape, robbery and theft, with records showing that last year’s state-wide total was at least the lowest since 2015.
Kuomo said the goal was to focus on shooting hotspots and develop new vocational training programs to help communities out of poverty.
“You know where it comes from. You know where you need to go,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo said New York will invest $ 57 million in employment development programs.
Cuomo displayed a map showing that only a small part of New York City is where most of the murders are. He quoted state statistics showing that about 4,000 people between the ages of 18 and 24 account for 49% of city shootings.
He said the state would work with neighboring states to support state police efforts to fight illegal guns coming to New York and sign the bill. Will be easy Sue the gun maker.
According to Cuomo, the bigger goal is to rebuild the police relationship with citizens who are tense due to police atrocities.
New York last year called on all police stations to develop reform plans, and Cuomo said he would issue an executive order to prevent police officers from joining a new department after being expelled from another department.
In Yonkers, 26 people were shot dead last year. The most have been shot dead since 28 people were injured in the shooting in 2017. Shooting in New York City increased by 38%, according to Cuomo.
Kuomo said people would not return to cities, especially New York City, if they did not believe that the community could safely visit and work.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged an increase in shootings and murders in recent months, but said the city is seeing improvements. June shootings fell by 20% compared to the same period in 2020.
Citing police efforts and expanding reforms, De Blasio said, “Look, there’s a long way to go, but progress has actually been made.”
“All these elements are starting to work together.”
Joseph Specter is the Government and Political Editor of the Atlantic Group of the USA TODAY Network and oversees coverage in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware. He can contact [email protected] or follow him on Twitter: @GannettAlbany
Supporting local journalism
We cover stories throughout New York State Capitol and New York that are most important to you and your family. Consider subscribing to your nearest New York publication to support our efforts.
This article was originally published by the New York State team. State of emergency declared in New York due to surge in gun violence