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City To Receive Funding Through Disaster Emergency Declaration

The city of Jamestown will receive $225,000 to serve 45 youth through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s gun violence disaster emergency declaration.

The funding to Jamestown is part of $16 million across the state to pay for workforce training and job placement programs in 20 cities most impacted by gun violence. Also receiving money are Nassau County, Hempstead, Suffolk, Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Syracuse, Rochester, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Newburgh, Middletown, Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, Spring Valley, Utica and Binghamton. Jamestown’s is the smallest of the grants, followed by Niagara Falls’ $250,000 grant.

The state Labor Department will partner with local workforce development boards in each area and their vast networks of community partners to provide job training, credentialing and career placement services to ultimately connect at-risk youth to good-paying, permanent jobs. Unemployed, underemployed and out-of-school youth age 18-24 in areas of cities impacted by gun violence will be eligible.

“Our local workforce development boards are proven partners with an extensive history of helping young people improve their lives through job training and placement. Governor Cuomo is leading this charge through innovative short-term programs that dovetail to proven long-term solutions that will last for generations,” said Roberta Reardon, state labor commissioner.

In addition to each area’s existing network of community groups, youth will be referred by trusted community service providers with priority given to referrals from gun violence interveners and other anti-gun violence advocacy organizations. Services will also include support services and referrals to partner agencies to assist with housing, legal issues and other barriers to successful training and employment.

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