Cure Violence New York – (SNUG State and Cure Violence NYC Sites)

30 sites – 9 cities
Operation SNUG (guns spelled backwards) is a statewide implementation of the Cure Violence model in New York. SNUG is run out of New York’s Department of Criminal Justice Services and is implemented in nine cities: Albany, Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Nassau County, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy and Yonkers.

Born out of the tragic shootings in Buffalo, Harlem, Queens, Westchester and other areas in New York, Operation SNUG (guns spelled backwards) became the second statewide implementation of the Cure Violence model. (Yonkers is also supported by city funding, and some New York City sites have other funding sources.)

A project of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, SNUG was launched 2009 with $4 million allocated from the New York State Legislature, which covered 7 cities. SNUG is currently funded at $2.9 million by the state (NY Governor Cuomo added additional funding in Fall 2014 for three new sites) covering a total of ten cities: Albany, Buffalo, Mt. Vernon, Nassau County (opening in 2015), Jacobi Medical Center in NYC, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy (opening in 2015) and Yonkers (Yonkers is also supported by city funding).  Suffolk (opening in 2015) will be using a different violence prevention model.  New York City also supports eight sites across five boroughs through its Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The New York City Department of Health program have met with great success, including an independent evaluation of the program in Crown Heights, Brooklyn that showed a 20% lower rate of shooting due to the program and a year without a shooting or killing in East Brooklyn.  Due in large part to the strong results achieved at the SNUG and NYC supported program sites, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio announced an additional $12.7 million in funding that will allow the total number of Cure Violence partner sites in NYC to triple in 2015.  The NYC Department of Health is working closely with Cure Violence to hire and train site managers, violence interrupters and outreach workers.

Many successes have also been attributed to the SNUG program. Officials from Buffalo say Operation SNUG led to a reduction in street violence. In Albany, shootings decreased by 29% over eight months. In Rochester, shootings dropped by 40% over six months and violent altercations fell to a 10-year low.

  • Testing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence (pdf)
  • From Chicago to Brooklyn (pdf)

Cure Violence New York – (SNUG and other)

SNUG (guns spelled backwards) is funded by a $2.9 million budget line item in the state budget.  Funding for three additional sites was provided by NY Governor Cuomo in Fall 2014 (Troy, Nassau County and Suffolk).  The three new sites will open in 2015 (Suffolk will use a different violence prevention model.)  Where noted, some of the sites in New York received funding from other sources besides the New York State DCJS grant program (SNUG).


The Cure Violence program in Albany is implemented by Trinity Alliance of the Capital Region and started in October 2010. The site is fully funded through the NY State DCJS grant program.  They have a hospital component through Albany Medical Center.


The Buffalo site opened in late 2014 in response to a rise in shootings over the past several years and is fully funded through the NY State DCJS grant program.  It is affiliated with the Back to Basics program in Buffalo.  Program Director:

Mt. Vernon

The Mt. Vernon site opened in 2014 and is operated through Westchester Family Services.  It is fully funded through the NY State DCJS grant program.


Rochester opened its SNUG program in July, 2014. The program is fully funded through the NY State DCJS grant program and operated by Action for a Better Community.


The Syracuse site opened in July, 2014 and is fully funded through the NY State DCJS grand program.  It is operated by Syracuse Model Neighborhoods, Inc.  Syracuse has several community outreach programs that are working together to bring down violence in their community.


The Yonkers site opened in November, 2011 with NY State DCJS grant funding.  It has been maintained through city funding in combination with funding from the NY State grant program.  Implemented through the Yonkers YMCA, the site has been extremely successful, going 27 months without a shooting or killing.

New York City/Jacoby-Bronx

Operated through the Jacoby Medical Center Auxiliary, the program is fully funded by the NY State DCJS grant program.

With the exception of Bronx/Jacoby site, all of the New York City sites are funded through city and private sources and are managed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.


There are three sites in Brooklyn – in Bedstuy (new site), Crown Heights (Save Our Streets – SOS), and East Brooklyn (Map UP). SOS and Bedstuy are implemented through the Center for Court Innovation (CCI). Bedstuy is a brand new site, Crown Heights started in 2009. East Brooklyn started in October 2010 and is run by Man UP, an independent grassroots organization.


There are three sites in the Bronx. Two of the sites are affiliated with CCI – one launched in April 2013 and the other will be launched this year. The new site is being evaluated by John Jay College. The third site is the Bronx/Jacoby Medical Center site and is a SNUG site in New York City.


There is one program in Manhattan, located in the Harlem neighborhood and run by the New York City Mission Society with a hospital component at Harlem Hospital.


In South Jamaica, Life Camp has been developing the Cure Violence program since 2011. The program has recently received state funding to expand to 1 additional neighborhood.

Staten Island


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