Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as reported by New York Times.
Cuomo issues Executive Order Declaring Gun Violence a Disaster Emergency, Requiring DCJS to Gather and to Share Incident-Level Data from Local Police Departments on Gun Violence
Creates Office of Gun Violence Prevention to Coordinate Efforts and Direct Resources to Emerging Gun Violence Hot Spots
Invests $138.7 Million in Intervention, Prevention and Jobs Programs to Engage At-Risk Youth and Get Young People Off the Streets
Creates New State Police Gun Trafficking Interdiction Unit to Stop the Flow of Illegal Guns into the State
Partners with John Jay College of Criminal Justice to Strengthen Police-Community Relations
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today declared the first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency as part of a new, comprehensive strategy to build a safer New York. This new strategy treats gun violence as a public health crisis, using short-term solutions to manage the immediate gun violence crisis and reduce the shooting rate, as well as long-term solutions that focus on community-based intervention and prevention strategies to break the cycle of violence. The disaster emergency allows the State to expedite money and resources to communities so they can begin targeting gun violence immediately.
To coordinate this nation-leading gun violence prevention effort, the Governor announced the creation of the Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The Governor also required by Executive Order major police departments to share incident-level data on gun violence with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services to compile this data weekly. This data will be used by the new Office of Gun Violence Prevention to track emerging gun violence hotspots and deploy resources to those areas that need it most.
“We’re building New York back better than ever before, but part of rebuilding is addressing the systemic injustices that were exposed by COVID. If you look at the recent numbers, more people are now dying from gun violence and crime than COVID – this is a national problem but someone has to step up and address this problem because our future depends on it,” Governor Cuomo said. “Just like we did with COVID, New York is going to lead the nation once again with a comprehensive approach to combating and preventing gun violence, and our first step is acknowledging the problem with a first-in-the-nation disaster emergency on gun violence. When we see an injustice we don’t look the other way, we stand up and fight it because that’s the New York way.”