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In the fight to combat domestic terrorism at the local level, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced new guidelines on Tuesday to support the development of domestic terrorism prevention plans in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo.
Hochul pledged $10 million to help New York counties develop threat assessment management teams.
It’s a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done, Javed Ali, an associate professor at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, told NPR.
“The more states like New York that come up with their own plans to fight domestic terrorism, the better,” Ali said. “This will provide a quilt of different short-term activities that will allow some of the longer-term aspects of the Biden administration’s national strategy to take root.”
We are taking aggressive action to identify and combat domestic terrorism threats in New York. Join me as I deliver remarks at @NYSDHSES Threat Assessment and Management Summit: https://t.co/32mPi2ZMUj
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) August 9, 2022
The teams, according to Hochul, will be made up of law enforcement and mental health professionals, school officials and other key stakeholders tasked with identifying, assessing and reducing domestic terrorism.
“In the wake of the horrific domestic terrorist attack in my hometown of Buffalo, I made a commitment to New Yorkers to confront the scourge of domestic terrorism head on,” Hochul said in a statement.
Each county’s plan must include input from local law enforcement, mental health and school professionals, and others before it is submitted to the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services by Dec. 31, according to Hochul.
Buffalo shooter Payton Gendron, 19, is currently facing 27 charges in connection with the deadly attack at the Tops supermarket.
If convicted on all 27 counts, Gendron could face the death penalty or a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole.
The attorney general will later decide whether to seek the death penalty, according to the US Department of Justice.