ALBANY — New York has announced $36 million in grants for 179 community organizations, hospitals, police and agencies statewide for services to crime victims.
The grants administered by the Office of Victim Services are expected to expand the assistance network by funding 22 additional providers.
They are located in Bronx, Cayuga, Dutchess, Erie, Franklin, Kings, Monroe, New York, Onondaga, Ontario, Seneca, Suffolk, Sullivan Wayne, Washington, Westchester and Yates counties.
Elizabeth Cronin, director of the office, says the programs offer essential support services such as shelters, hotlines, transportation, counseling and advocacy that are vital to crime victims.
About 95 percent of the money comes from the federal Victims of Crime Act grant program for victims and witnesses and a state account also funded by fines, fees and surcharges paid by certain convicted offenders.