ALBANY, N.Y. -- Firearm related homicides are up four percent in 2013 for 17 counties, including Albany County.
And Tuesday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced more than $13 million in funding to help reduce firearm related crimes in those counties.
It's all part of the state's new "Gun Involved Violence Elimination" or GIVE initiative, which is designed to build on the successes of Operation Impact.
Cities participating in the program must develop a plan to reduce gun violence that will target known offenders and areas prone to gun violence, and work with outreach programs in the community.
"Communities need to understand what our local law enforcement partners are doing and why they're doing it, so that they can get support and the buy in of the community as well as their input," said Thomas Abt, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety.
"Regardless of what the message is, quite often it's who the message is coming from that has all the impact. And I think bringing these community partners in, aligning them with law enforcement and our other partners in law enforcement will have that greater affect," said Steven Krokoff, Albany Police Chief.
Counties must apply for funding by late March.
Grants are expected to be awarded in early spring.