Mt. Vernon, Newburgh, Yonkers, receive state funds to combat youth violence

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ALBANY – The Hudson Valley cities of Newburgh, Mount Vernon and Yonkers are among seven cities to receive state funding to fight gun violence. 

Through the RISE program – Respond, Invest, Sustain and Empower – the grants will provide up to $2 million to implement, expand and improve programs and services that increase opportunity for youth and families, empower neighborhoods disproportionately affected by gun violence and improve public safety.

Newburgh Mayor Torrance Harvey knows how his city will use its grant.

“It’s going to be for workforce development, employment, and other opportunities to get our young people certified and trained and combat gun violence,” he said.

Other cities in the state to receive grants from this gun violence prevention program are Albany, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse.