October 16, 2014
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million Grant to Support Emergency Services Dispatching

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Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million Grant to Support Emergency Services Dispatching
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New Program Will Support County Operations of Public Safety Answering Points

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that a total of $10 million in grants have been awarded to localities across the State to support emergency response operations. Administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, these grants to 57 counties and the City of New York support municipalities that operate 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations.

“First responders provide a critical service to New Yorkers in every corner of this state, and this funding will help ensure they can respond quickly when an emergency strikes,” Governor Cuomo said. “From extreme weather to roadway accidents and beyond, it is absolutely vital that our emergency personnel receive accurate and timely information when responding to any situation.”

The funding announced today is being administered by DHSES through the Public Safety Awareness Points (PSAP) Operations Grant. PSAPs are public facilities where incoming calls for help are received and the dispatching of emergency services is initiated. Throughout New York State, counties provide the majority of 9-1-1 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate the services among municipal, county and State responders.

This grant allows for state support to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. The program promotes best practices and efficiencies like consolidating operations and sharing services across jurisdictions, as well as multi-jurisdictional PSAPs capable of dispatching services for both local and state first responders. Through the benefit of these sustaining resources, counties can also make greater investments in Next Generation 9-1-1 (or NG-911) technology, which will enable text messaging, data services and improved geo-location for emergency response. All counties and the City of New York are eligible to apply.

DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said, “Dispatching operations are an essential component of protecting the public. When a citizen calls 9-1-1, they should expect that equipment used for this purpose will ensure that they will quickly receive whatever help is necessary.”

The Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant is non-competitive and allocates money by a formula which seeks an equitable distribution of funding among counties based on quantifiable elements and relevant metrics. The formula takes into account criteria reflective of a county’s operational scope, demographic elements, emergency services call metrics, progress made in deploying new technology and adherence with state and national guidelines for emergency communications. Through this data, a county’s needs are balanced with an overall goal of developing a reliable and consistent 9-1-1 structure throughout the State.

2014-15 PSAP Operations Awards

County

Award Amount

County

Award Amount

Albany

$205,465

Niagara

$189,204

Allegany

$165,914

Oneida

$222,396

Broome

$200,182

Onondaga

$195,771

Cattaraugus

$179,784

Ontario

$153,455

Cayuga

$168,619

Orange

$180,272

Chautauqua

$188,236

Orleans

$134,050

Chemung

$180,464

Oswego

$180,517

Chenango

$174,953

Otsego

$161,700

Clinton

$153,949

Putnam

$127,915

Columbia

$160,221

Rensselaer

$176,560

Cortland

$174,670

Rockland

$198,875

Delaware

$117,264

Saratoga

$165,862

Dutchess

$169,410

Schenectady

$167,970

Erie

$210,388

Schoharie

$144,752

Essex

$181,398

Schuyler

$118,716

Franklin

$181,880

Seneca

$167,119

Fulton

$194,039

St. Lawrence

$162,596

Genesee

$178,771

Steuben

$188,793

Greene

$151,468

Suffolk

$168,290

Hamilton

$165,040

Sullivan

$161,772

Herkimer

$202,926

Tioga

$171,971

Jefferson

$192,240

Tompkins

$150,506

Lewis

$182,637

Ulster

$162,798

Livingston

$169,874

Warren

$174,787

Madison

$160,933

Washington

$186,194

Monroe

$234,317

Wayne

$169,703

Montgomery

$161,128

Westchester

$164,751

Nassau

$140,437

Wyoming

$157,216

New York City

$192,313

Yates

$156,569

Contact the Governor's Press Office

NYC Press Office:  212.681.4640

Albany Press Office:  518.474.8418