August 20, 2018
Albany, NY

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

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Funding Allows Counties to Upgrade Emergency Response Operations, Services and Technology

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $10 million in grants awarded to localities across the state to support emergency response operations. These 2018-2019 grant funds will allow municipalities in 57 counties and New York City to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations. The funding is administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant.

 

"It is critical that first responders have access to the services and technology they need to respond to situations where every second counts," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants will allow counties to continue to upgrade and improve their emergency communications and ensure that New Yorkers are getting the fastest, safest response in their moment of need."

 

"Emergency response services ensure the safety and well-being of residents," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "This funding will help municipalities upgrade their 911 response and dispatch operations to increase public safety and enhance overall quality of life. We're making sure that municipalities have the technology they need to improve emergency communications and operate efficiently."

 

Public safety facilities, known as Public Safety Answering Points, receive incoming calls for help and initiate dispatching of emergency services. Throughout the state, counties provide the majority of 911 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate the services among municipal, county, and state responders. The annual PSAPs grant allows for state reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. All counties and the New York City are eligible to apply to receive grant funds, and all chose to participate in the program this year.

  

These funds not only help county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text messaging, data communication, and improved geo-location for emergency response. Since the program's inception in 2010, counties have applied the funding to upgrades, including implementing text-to-911 services. Today, 48 percent of all statewide counties offer text-to-911 services, up from 40 percent last year. 

 

"These funds play an important role in helping counties to fund public safety communications initiatives including implementing next-generation 911 services such as text-to-911," said Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "Our Office of Interoperable Emergency Communications will continue to work with counties to advise them on how to implement upgrades that meet national and state standards and answer related questions."

 

This grant is a non-competitive, formula-based grant. Monies are distributed among participating counties based on statistics reflective of a county's operational scope, demographic factors, and emergency services call metrics. By participating in the program, counties affirm their adherence with state and national guidelines for emergency communications.

 

The $10 million available for the program is allocated as follows:

 

 

2018-19 PSAP Operations Grant Awards

 

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County

Award Amount

 

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County

Award Amount

1

Albany

$217,355

 

30

Niagara

$171,295

2

Allegany

$156,944

 

31

Oneida

$187,141

3

Broome

$194,069

 

32

Onondaga

$191,407

4

Cattaraugus

$191,310

 

33

Ontario

$196,826

5

Cayuga

$167,647

 

34

Orange

$162,755

6

Chautauqua

$174,353

 

35

Orleans

$137,772

7

Chemung

$187,569

 

36

Oswego

$178,432

8

Chenango

$179,215

 

37

Otsego

$157,615

9

Clinton

$134,736

 

38

Putnam

$114,462

10

Columbia

$154,217

 

39

Rensselaer

$164,784

11

Cortland

$147,915

 

40

Rockland

$264,151

12

Delaware

$168,096

 

41

Saratoga

$133,450

13

Dutchess

$163,100

 

42

Schenectady

$192,939

14

Erie

$209,229

 

43

Schoharie

$119,667

15

Essex

$228,820

 

44

Schuyler

$177,321

16

Franklin

$174,770

 

45

Seneca

$167,874

17

Fulton

$220,197

 

46

St. Lawrence

$200,279

18

Genesee

$204,071

 

47

Steuben

$187,541

19

Greene

$175,930

 

48

Suffolk

$173,668

20

Hamilton

$95,264

 

49

Sullivan

$162,123

21

Herkimer

$179,146

 

50

Tioga

$128,678

22

Jefferson

$203,999

 

51

Tompkins

$148,036

23

Lewis

$168,685

 

52

Ulster

$141,457

24

Livingston

$203,799

 

53

Warren

$169,025

25

Madison

$160,880

 

54

Washington

$163,861

26

Monroe

$224,980

 

55

Wayne

$163,422

27

Montgomery

$147,857

 

56

Westchester

$166,828

28

Nassau

$145,826

 

57

Wyoming

$140,071

29

New York City

$189,628

 

58

Yates

$167,513

 

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