Mayor Walsh congratulates council on approving rental assistance, Shotspotter expansion and a new de-escalation / taser program for police officers
Statement from Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh on Joint Council Approval of New Investments of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA):
“I commend the Common Council for helping us deal with the ever-evolving impacts of COVID-19 on our residents. We’re taking decisive action to provide $ 1 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) assistance to city residents and homeowners who are affected by the pandemic but have not yet been eligible for assistance to rent. With this funding, we can help people stay in their homes and ensure that landlords are able to continue providing the services tenants need.
Along with the Council’s action today, we will also make two major investments in public safety: $ 171,000 to expand the ShotSpotter gun detection system to most of the city’s north side and $ 554,000 to implement de-escalation training for our police officers and equip them with less lethal taser devices. Working together, the administration and council have authorized around $ 44 million in pandemic relief. COVID-19 continues to affect us on a daily basis, so we will continue to work with the Council to deploy ARPA assistance to residents of the city. “