"From Brooklyn to Buffalo, New York continues to mourn the loss of the 10 people who were killed by a racist, anti-Semitic, white supremacist. As we search for answers, we know that this violence is senseless, and that no answers will suffice in the face of the inexplicable. We also know that we need Albany to act.
"Earlier this year we called for the Governor to allocate $1 billion from the state budget to evidence-based solutions that work to create stability in our neighborhoods, prevent gun violence, and save lives. Instead, the Governor delivered a late budget that allocated nearly $1 billion to a Billionaire in Buffalo for a football stadium to be built outside of the city with the most needs. But Governor Hochul has the opportunity to make things right.
"Comptroller DiNapoli recently announced that New York has a $3 billion revenue stream that remains unallocated by the state. With Albany entering the final few weeks of session, we urge the Governor to act by using the state’s surplus to immediately invest $1 billion in community-based gun violence prevention services, youth programming, and victims’ services. We also call on funding to address hate crimes and to combat the increase of white nationalism across the state. Combined with the holistic public safety measures outlined in our 10-point plan, communities across the state can not only feel and be safe, but thrive.
"The Governor recently spoke about living 10 minutes from where the horror occurred in Buffalo, expressing concern because the community is a food and transportation desert. She now has the opportunity to truly address those and other needs she has recently appeared to discover."