Less than a third of Cuomo gun violence emergency money spent

Less than a third of Cuomo gun violence emergency money spent

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (right) greets a supporter July 6 after signing executive orders making gun violence a public health emergency in New York state at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. (TNS) — Less than one-third of $159 million promised to quell a rise in gun violence in New York has been spent, with two weeks left to commit the funds before the executive order issued by former Gov. Andrew Cuomo expires. The spate of violence was so severe he declared a state of emergency so money could swiftly get to communities. The remaining $112 million may still get out the door, and some of it has already been promised by agencies. But it has left some issues unattended and some lawmakers and community organizations confused and, at times, frustrated by a process that has been unclear for them, particularly during the transition of governors. It has also raised questions as to what extent poor Black and brown communities in the state were at the mercy of politics of Cuomo, who was facing substantial allegations and a pending report from the attorney general’s office that would ultimately prompt his resignation. ”It’s a slap in the face,” said state Sen. Zellnor Myrie, a Brooklyn Democrat who stood alongside Cuomo during the emergency declaration and faced criticism for appearing with the embattled governor. “I am willing to take arrows from anyone if it means that I am standing up for my community to receive the resources that […]

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