Millions going toward combating gun violence in state

MOUNT VERNON -

Millions of dollars from Albany will be going toward helping combat gun violence across the state.

In the Hudson Valley, Westchester County is receiving $1.1 million to split between Mount Vernon and Yonkers. In Rockland County, Spring Valley police and the sheriff's and probation departments will share $102,000. And in Orange County, Middletown and Newburgh police will divvy up $829,000 with the district attorney's and sheriff's offices.

That money is slated to go toward training, new equipment and personnel.

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas says the city will use the funds to keep officers on the streets to have a stronger presence.

A total of $13.3 million is on its way to counties throughout the state in the effort to reduce gun violence.

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