Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed in his budget Tuesday allocating $35.9 million to implement the state’s new gun-control law.
The largest portion, $32.7 million, will pay for the creation of a database of gun-license holders. The statewide database will also include information about potentially dangerous mentally ill people, giving law enforcement the ability to revoke their licenses or confiscate their firearms, if necessary.
The remaining $3.2 million will cover staffing needs.
“Additional staff at the Division of State Police and other public safety agencies will oversee the five-year recertification of all pistol licenses, launch new enforcement activities, and deploy school safety improvement terms,” the proposal said.
Cuomo proposed cuts in some of the state’s other public safety programs, including closing two prisons—Bayview in Manhattan, which has been vacant since Superstorm Sandy hit in October, and Beacon in Dutchess County, which is 53 percent vacant, Cuomo said.
The governor also proposed cutting back on a $11.4 million allocation to alternative correctional programs, including treatment programs for offenders who are suffering from mental illness or drug or alcohol addiction. Instead of allocating the full amount, the state would fund a competitive grant program “targeting the highest risk offenders,” according to the proposal.
The legislation proposes to reform the traffic adjudication process, limiting traffic violators from pleading down speeding tickets to avoid state fines, surcharges and “points” on their driver’s licenses. Cuomo expects that curbing plea bargaining will recoup $58 million in state revenue annually that is lost under the current system.