GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION IN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS GRANTS AWARDED ACROSS NEW YORK State Funding Will Assist Counties, Enhance Emergency Response Systems and Implement Next Generation 911 Technology
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $45 million has been awarded for counties across the state to upgrade critical technology and improve emergency communications systems. Onondga County is to receive $1,404,362. This funding will enable local governments to expand their ability to communicate, exchange valuable data, and streamline information through their systems to enhance collaboration and assist first responders. "In an emergency, every second counts," Governor Cuomo said. "This critical funding will improve the quality and efficiency of emergency response capabilities across New York, while supporting the brave first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect their neighbors and their community."The State Interoperable Communications Grant, which is administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $275 million in five rounds to 57 counties and New York City. In addition, 10 regional partnerships or consortiums have been formed as a result of this grant program. This represents an increase in participation of more than 50 percent since the program was launched in 2010.