ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday $16 million to reduce gun violence across New York State and Rochester will be receiving $2.25 million.

Earlier this month, the governor declared a disaster emergency on gun violence for the state of New York Tuesday, a first-of-its-kind disaster emergency for the country.

Under this new initiative, the New York State Department of Labor will partner with local workforce development boards in each area and their vast networks of community partners to provide job training, credentialing and career placement services to ultimately connect at-risk youth to good-paying, permanent jobs.

Unemployed, underemployed and out-of-school youth age 18-24 in areas of cities impacted by gun violence will be eligible.

“Gun violence is a public health crisis, in New York State and across the country, and we’re attacking it with the same comprehensive, evidence-based approach we used to beat COVID. We know that simply telling kids to put the gun down doesn’t work—we have to give them an alternative,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement.

“This new funding, for job training and stable, good-paying career placement opportunities for our most vulnerable young people across New York State, does just that. It’s an investment in our economy, in our recovery, and in our security. And it’s a beacon of hope for a generation that too often feels bereft of it.” 

A breakdown of funding to each targeted city is available below:

Area Youth to be Served  Funding   
Nassau County180  $900,000  
Hempstead 100  $500,000  
Suffolk 140  $700,000  
Albany 190  $950,000  
Schenectady 60  $300,000  
Troy 140  $700,000  
Buffalo 530  $2,650,000  
Jamestown 45  $225,000  
Niagara Falls 50  $250,000  
Syracuse 150  $750,000  
Rochester 450  $2,250,000  
Poughkeepsie 70  $350,000  
Kingston 60  $300,000  
Newburgh 120  $600,000  
Middletown 65  $325,000  
Yonkers 220  $1,100,000  
Mt Vernon 210  $1,050,000  
Spring Valley 150  $750,000  
Utica 120  $600,000  
Binghamton 150  $750,000  
TOTAL 3,200  $16 million  

In addition to each area’s existing network of community groups, youth will be referred by trusted community service providers with priority given to referrals from gun violence interveners and other anti-gun violence advocacy organizations.

Services will also include support services and referrals to partner agencies to assist with housing, legal issues and other barriers to successful training and employment.

Non-profit agencies can now refer individuals who could benefit from and succeed in this program. Click here to be redirected to the online interest form which will be sent securely to the Division of Employment and Workforce Solutions at NYSDOL or call 1-833-324-0365.