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New York State seeing improving numbers on gun violence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — New York State announced that so far this year, shootings with injuries and the number of shooting victims each decreased by more than 35% this year compared to the January through April average over the last five years in major metropolitan areas outside of New York City.

Lower shooting numbers are being seen in Western New York, the Hudson Valley, the Capitol Region and Central New York.

Courtesy of Governor Kathy Hochul’s Office.

In Central New York, there were 42 fewer shootings a 31% reduction from 21 to 23, and shootings are down another 68% this year compared to the average. The City of Syracuse has embraced the state’s Project RISE, a unique planning and funding model that brings together community stakeholders to respond to gun violence, invest in solutions, sustain positive programming and empower communities. The city and community are now coordinating on comprehensive services that improve safety, expand youth opportunity and build community capacity,” said Joseph Popcun, the executive deputy commissioner for the Division of Criminal Justice.

One of the priorities for NYS is getting illegal guns off the streets. So far, more than 800 guns have been taken statewide.

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