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Federal Funding Aids Local Crime Victims Assistance Program

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A local program that provides assistance to crime victims is getting some help of its own.

Governor Cuomo has announced the Crime Victims Assistance Center on Robinson Street in Binghamton will get two grants totaling more than $375,000. This as part of $6.5 million in federal funding to crime victims programs throughout the state.

The money will help support services like educational programming, staff training and legal assistance.

"If we're going to be responsive to everyone across the county as victimization occurs; then we need to have tools, we need to have people, we need to have resources, so we can do that important work for the county," said Executive Director of the Crime Victims Assistance Center Raini Baudendistel.

RISE, of Broome County, also received more than $175,000 to assist domestic violence victims in Broome County.

On a national level, the Alliance to End Sexual Violence is urging Congress to restore $1.5 billion in funding to the Victims of Crime Act, or VOCA. The agency says that funding drop is part of the Bipartisan Budget Act signed this week by President Obama.