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NY awards $55M in grants for local emergency communications

New York state is providing $55 million in funding to improve emergency communications across the state. (Photo: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York state is providing $55 million in funding to improve emergency communications across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that two grants will be awarded to counties statewide and to New York City. The Democrat says the funding will enhance the abilities of local governments to expand their communications systems and assist police, fire departments and other first responders.

The grants are administered by the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The larger of the grants, $45 million, can be used by counties to fund implementation of new 911 technologies and installation of communications infrastructure.

The following counties in the Rochester region received grants:

  • Genesee - $679,558
  • Livingston - $589,682
  • Monroe - $1,727,572
  • Ontario - $682,338
  • Orleans - $420,587
  • Seneca - $441,439
  • Steuben - $804,996
  • Wayne - $541,839
  • Wyoming - $473,355
  • Yates - $350,954

The other $10 million in funding will be used by counties for their emergency call centers.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo issued a statement Wednesday after the announcement of the award.

“I am very pleased with the recent award from Governor Cuomo in the form of NYS Statewide Interoperable Communications Grants (SICG) to local municipalities which will provide necessary upgrades to Emergency Management systems. In years past, Monroe County has utilized SICG in the completion of a radio tower to help meet coverage needs for our local law enforcement and first responders. These newly anticipated funds will go towards our efforts to enhance the County’s radio system. This will include the building of antennas and the acquisition of portable and mobile radios. All of these upgrades will help to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Monroe County residents.”

AP-WF-02-07-18 1655GMT

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