ALBANY, NY (Erie News Now)--THURSDAY AFTERNOON, GOV. KATHY HOCHUL ANNOUNCED GUN VIOLENCE IS DECREASING IN THE EMPIRE STATE. 

SHOOTINGS ARE DOWN 28 PERCENT IN COMMUNITIES PARTICIPATING IN A STATE GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION PROGRAM, ACCORDING TO THE DIVISION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE SERVICES. 
 
THE GOVERNOR SAID THIS NUMBER IS IN LINE WITH A DECREASING TREND—WHICH SHE ATTRIBUTED TO HER INVESTMENTS INTO LAW ENFORCEMENT.
 
HOCHUL ALSO SAID THIS NEW DATA MEANS NEW YORKERS CAN FEEL SAFER.  
 
 "That means that real lives for once are untouched by the scourge of gun violence. People can raise their children, chase their dreams, and make a difference in their community in a safe environment," she said. 
 
THE GOVERNOR ALSO ANNOUNCED TODAY AN ADDITIONAL INVESTMENT OF $36 MILLION INTO THE GUN INVOLVED VIOLENCE ELIMINATION OR THE GIVE PROGRAM.