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In the fight to curb domestic terrorism locally, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced new guidance Tuesday to support the development of domestic terrorism prevention plans. fatal mass shooting in buffalo,
Hochul pledged $10 million to assist counties across New York in the development of hazard assessment management teams.
It’s a step in the right direction, but more must be done, Jawed Ali, associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, told NPR.
“The more states like New York develop their own plans to deal with domestic terrorism, the better,” Ali said. “It will provide a quilt-work of various activities in the short term that will allow some of the more long-term aspects of the Biden administration’s national strategy to take root.”
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) 9 August 2022
According to Hochul, the teams will be composed of law enforcement and mental health professionals, school officials and other key stakeholders tasked with identifying, evaluating and mitigating domestic terrorism.
“In the wake of the horrific domestic terrorist attack in my hometown of Buffalo, I have committed to New Yorkers that we will address the crisis of domestic terrorism,” Hochul said in a statement.
According to Hochul, each county’s plan should include input from local law enforcement, mental health and school professionals and others, which must be submitted by December 31 to the Office of Counterterrorism in the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Peyton Gendron, 19-year-old Buffalo Gunman, is currently 27 facing count Following the deadly attack at Topps supermarket.
If convicted on all 27 counts, Gendron could face either the death penalty or a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
According to the US Justice Department, the attorney general will make a decision on whether to seek the death penalty at a later date.