Anti-gun violence programs in Albany, Troy get funding

New York state has awarded $20.3 million to support anti-gun violence programs statewide – including two in Albany and Troy.

Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region has received about $1.73 million for its Albany program and Albany Medical Center has received around $256,000. Trinity Alliance’s Troy program got about $800,000.

The money funds outreach workers, hospital responders, social workers and case managers.

This is part of the SNUG program, which uses a public health approach to address gun violence by identifying the source, stopping the transmission and treating individuals, families and communities affected by the violence, according to a statement from Gov. Kathy Hochul. SNUG is GUNS spelled backwards.

“Public safety is my top priority, and we are working to reduce gun violence in the communities most affected by it,” Hochul said in a statement. “With these funds, we are expanding on the proven success of the SNUG program, which has been a key component of my administration’s efforts to drive down incidents of gun violence and tackle this issue across the state.”