In the fight against gun violence, NY wields a catchy new acronym

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The state budget deal is providing New York’s newest tortured acronym for a program in a state government that loves catchy phrases: GIVE. That stands for Gun-Involved Violence Elimination.

The $15.2 million program will offer funding for reducing gun violence to communities that don’t already receive Operation Impact funding.

Operation Impact was created in 2004 to provide more police resources to 17 counties that accounted for more than 80 percent of violent crimes outside New York City.

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There is also a state SNUG program in several counties. Like Operation Impact, the letters in the acronym don’t stand for a single word, but for a mission statement. SNUG stands for “street intervention, and stopping the violence; National, state and local funding support; Use of celebrities and centers; gangs, guns, gainful employment.”

The legislature is scheduled to approve the budget deal Monday.

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