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Being part of the majority coalition in the state Senate pays — at least when it comes to fighting gun violence.
The Aid to Localities budget bill shows that four counties represented by members of the majority coalition are going to share $1 million for the establishment of — or continued operation of — Operation S.N.U.G. programs.
S.N.U.G., which stands for guns spelled backwards (seriously), is an anti-gun initiative started by Sen. Malcolm Smith when he was senate majority leader. Now he is a member of the Independent Senate Democrats, who are power-sharing in the Senate with Republicans. The program is expanding a bit and the $1 million in funding will go to Rockland, Queens, Bronx and Onandaga Couties.
IDC member Sen. David Carlucci represents Rockland County; IDC leader Sen. Jeff Klein is from Bronx County; Sen. Dave Valesky is from Onandaga County; and Smith from Queens.
The funding for S.N.U.G. was part of the Senate's one-house budget bill but seems to have expanded in the completed budget.
A spokesman for the IDC didn't respond to a request for comment.
State Government Editor of The Gotham Gazette