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Governor Cuomo announces $6.5 million to fund crime victims programs across the state

October 29, 2015 - 1:15pm

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $6.5 million in additional funding has been awarded to programs that assist crime victims across the state.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $6.5 million in additional funding has been awarded to programs that assist crime victims across the state. The federal funding will support 172 providers administering 226 programs that provide counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy and legal assistance, among other services. In total, victim assistance programs are receiving $43.8 million in federal funding for 2015-16.

The state Office of Victim Services administers the grant funding for the programs, which are operated by non-profit organizations, hospitals and law enforcement agencies. Victim assistance programs typically receive a modest funding increase during their three-year contracts, but as a result of congressional action, they each received 15 percent more than anticipated in funding.

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