first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion At the YWCAs throughout New York, there isn’t a day when we don’t work to keep victims of domestic violence safe. In Schenectady County, the YWCA NorthEastern NY, along with law enforcement and our district attorney’s office, pays close attention to domestic violence incidents that have an increased risk of lethality for the victim, with one of the factors being access to a gun. The connections between domestic violence and gun violence are clear to us. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his Dec. 13 statement that in 2016, firearms were used in 25 domestic homicides in New York. We thank Gov. Cuomo for announcing legislation to remove firearms from all domestic violence offenders. It’s time for the law and the practice in New York state to protect the innocent. The YWCA NorthEastern NY’s domestic violence shelter served over 300 victims in 2017. The domestic violence hotline number is 518-374-3386. We stand up as advocates, case managers, counselors and support staff 24/7 everyday. We work for our victims’ safety in any way we can. Support the YWCA’s DV Shelter Program. Call 518-374-3394, ext. 105, for more information.Kim SicilianoSchenectadyThe writer is executive director.More from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsAnderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img

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