$16M workforce training initiative aims to combat gun violence in 20 NY cities

Andrew Cuomo
Governor Cuomo holds a press conference on reducing incidents of gun violence in New York City at the Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn. Photo credit Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — New York will spend $16 million to fund workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities impacted by gun violence.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday that the initiative will directly help 3,200 young people.

"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," Cuomo said. "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."

Yonkers and Mount Vernon will each get over $1 million.

Nassau County will receive $900,000 while neighboring Suffolk County will get $700,000.

About $500,000 will go to Hempstead and Spring Valley will get $750,000.

Unemployed, underemployed and out-of-school people ages 18 to 24 will be eligible.

The goal is to connect at-risk youth with good-paying and permanent jobs.

The effort is part of the governor's first-in-the-nation gun violence disaster emergency announced earlier this month.