Albany, NY – Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (D, WFP-Brooklyn) announced that $10 million in funding has been secured for the Community Violence Intervention Act (C-VIA). The funding was allocated as part of the 2021-22 state budget, which Richardson helped pass, to provide grants for community-based intervention and violence cure programs.
“Gun violence and other forms of violence pose a serious threat to the health and quality of life for families across our state,” Richardson said. “By providing our local organizations with the resources they need, we can bring real solutions to end cycles of violence here in Brooklyn.”
Assemblywoman Richardson continues to be an outspoken advocate against senseless violence, having been the primary sponsor of C-VIA previously (A.5505). In subsequent years, 10 percent of funding received through the federal Victims of Crimes Act (VOCA) will be directed to C-VIA.
“Thank you to the local organizations for leading the way to help ensure that our neighborhoods are safe places to live, work and play,” said Richardson. “Together, we can keep our community safe.”
Funding for C-VIA is due largely in part to the courage and tireless efforts of New York’s cure violence programs and organizations, including New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), Everytown, Brady United Against Gun Violence, the Gifford Law Center, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), CAMBA, Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI), Man Up, Kings Against Violence (KAVI) Brooklyn and Elite Learners.
Lastly, I would like to extend my thanks to Senator Zellnor Myrie for his stewardship of this legislation through the New York State Senate.