ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Long Island will benefit from $8.35 million in funding to help deter young people from joining gangs.

MS-13 has been blamed for at least 25 killings since January 2016 across a wide swath of Long Island.

The violence has led to congressional hearings and visits from Republican President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

According to Newsday , Gov. Andrew Cuomo says grants will go to organizations and school districts for job training and placement and for after-school programs. One component will help keep first-time juvenile offenders from becoming repeat offenders. Buffalo and Westchester County agencies also will receive grants.

Another $18.5 million was previously announced in the 2018-19 state budget.

Cuomo and his Democratic primary opponent, Cynthia Nixon, are debating Wednesday night on Long Island.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com