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Anti-violence grant money lands in Albany

ALBANY -- A anti violence group in the City of Albany is landing a big chunk of state grant money being spread around to curb violence in inner cities.

Governor Cuomo's office announced a total of $2 million in funding will be given out to help combat crime state wide. In Albany the group SNUG will receive close to $300,000, according to the Department of Criminal Justice Services.

SNUG is a non profit group that helps fight violence in Albany. After a violent crime is committed two members of the organization go into the neighborhoods to help victim's families and try to prevent any retaliation efforts that may occur.

Funding for SNUG comes directly from the state and the city, said Trinity Alliance CEO Harris Oberlander.

SNUG is just one of about a dozen non-profit agencies Trinity Alliance oversees.

"During 2013, but for two months, the shootings and stabbings were at the average or below average." Oberlander said.

"We can't cover the whole city with $300,000 but on the other hand we are very thankful to the Governor for making this allocation." added Oberlander.

SNUG is holding a "shooting response" gathering, in Albany, Wednesday night at the site's of two recent shootings were three people fell victim.