State senator James Seward announced yesterday that local domestic violence programs would be receiving direct, unrestricted grants through the state senate.

Among those receiving grants are Opportunities for Otsego – $10,000 -- and Chenango County Catholic Charities - $5,000.

Along with providing funding grants to local non-profit violence intervention programs, Senator Seward says the legislature has passed a tougher domestic violence agenda, which includes the tools law enforcement and prosecutors need to put dangerous criminals behind bars.