In what he said is the first declaration of its kind in the nation, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a “state emergency” when it comes to gun violence.
This comes amid a rise in violence across the state, including upstate cities.
We went from COVID to the epidemic of gun violence and the fear and death that goes along with it,” Gov. Cuomo said at a news conference Tuesday.
Cuomo said over the July 4th holiday weekend, 51 people were shot in New York. For perspective, he said 13 died from COVID in that timeframe.
“This is a national problem. I get it. But somebody has to step up and somebody has to address it,” said Cuomo. The governor said the state’s seven-step plan will aim to treat gun violence as a public health emergency and use a data-driven approach to address violence.
Part of the plan will call on police departments across the state to provide data as to where shootings are taking place in order for the state to know what locations need attention for anti-gun efforts. The effort will also call for the formation of a council on gun violence prevention.
The effort will also aim to provide a summer jobs partnership to engage at-risk youths. The state will invest more than $57 million for the effort, which aims to create 21,000 jobs.
The state is also cracking down on illegal guns entering New York. A special unit will be formed in the State Police to prevent illegal guns from entering the state, and New York will work with neighboring states to further that goal.