February 7, 2018
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $55 Million in State Grant Funding to Improve Emergency Communications

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State Funding Will Improve Public Safety by Enhancing Emergency Response Systems and Implementing Next Generation 911 Technology

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $55 million in state grant funding has been awarded to counties statewide and the City of New York for enhancing emergency communications. This funding will enable local governments to expand their ability to communicate, exchange valuable data, and streamline information to enhance collaboration and assist first responders. The State Interoperable Communications Grant contributed $45 million to local governments, and the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant contributed an additional $10 million to localities for a total of $55 million.

 

"In an emergency, every second counts and these funds will help ensure our first responders have access to the best and most up to date communications equipment, enabling them to get the information they need to quickly respond," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants will bring up one step closer to a stronger, safer and more secure New York for all." 

 

"Effective emergency communications are essential to a first responder's mission. Utilizing the latest technology will allow dispatch centers to quickly and efficiently respond to calls for help", said Roger L. Parrino, Sr., Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "The Division, through its Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications, will continue to help local governments invest in the latest technology so they can help our citizens in an emergency."  

 

State Interoperable Communications Grant

 

The State Interoperable Communications Grant, administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $300 million in six rounds to 57 counties and New York City.  The Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant is formula based and funded by cellular surcharge revenue. The program has allowed counties to make vital improvements in the way first responders can communicate between each other and different regions of the state using land mobile radio systems.

 

Each county and New York City can submit applications to fund projects involving infrastructure, equipment, and technology upgrades. The grant is administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

 

Eligible counties can use this funding for a variety of functions, including expanding radio coverage by installing new equipment at towers and antenna sites, implementing Next Generation 911 technologies and standards, setting up communication channels among public safety radio systems, consolidating emergency services dispatch centers, supporting the operations of public safety dispatch centers, and deploying new technology that help counties link their systems together. Additionally, this funding will support training and exercises to promote efficient inter-regional communications, cooperation, and overall first responder readiness.

 

The fiscal year 2017 State Interoperable Communications grant awards are below:

 

County

Award Amount

 

County

Award Amount

Albany

$1,272,530

 

Oneida

$773,684

Allegany

$958,841

 

Onondaga

$1,360,003

Broome

$718,401

 

Ontario

$682,338

Cattaraugus

$726,536

 

Orange

$864,231

Cayuga

$778,135

 

Orleans

$420,587

Chautauqua

$647,798

 

Oswego

$846,320

Chemung

$543,685

 

Otsego

$684,650

Clinton

$664,424

 

Putnam

$454,708

Columbia

$516,018

 

Rensselaer

$736,407

Cortland

$978,349

 

Rockland

$852,018

Delaware

$480,891

 

Saratoga

$834,169

Dutchess

$630,120

 

Schenectady

$518,618

Erie

$1,072,420

 

Schoharie

$485,123

Essex

$799,637

 

Schuyler

$381,179

Franklin

$703,803

 

Seneca

$441,439

Fulton

$429,721

 

St. Lawrence

$937,148

Genesee

$679,558

 

Steuben

$804,996

Greene

$468,265

 

Suffolk

$1,069,314

Hamilton

$540,339

 

Sullivan

$757,308

Herkimer

$639,876

 

Tioga

$453,399

Jefferson

$647,104

 

Tompkins

$704,018

Lewis

$653,718

 

Ulster

$524,993

Livingston

$589,682

 

Warren

$550,861

Madison

$782,596

 

Washington

$837,216

Monroe

$1,727,572

 

Wayne

$541,839

Montgomery

$463,291

 

Westchester

$608,545

Nassau

$899,859

 

Wyoming

$473,355

New York City

$5,326,241

 

Yates

$350,954

Niagara

$711,170

 

 

 

 

The Public Safety Answering Points Grant

 

Additionally, $10 million has been awarded to counties across the state for county emergency call centers. Public safety facilities, known as PSAPs, receive incoming calls for help and initiate dispatching of emergency services. Throughout New York State, counties provide the majority of 911 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate the services among municipal, county and state responders. The annual grant, also administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, allows for state reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. All counties and the City of New York can apply to receive grant funds, and all chose to participate in the program this year.

 

The funds not only help county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and make investments in new services such as text messaging, data communication and improved geo-location for emergency response.

 

The $10 million available through the PSAP Operations Grant is allocated as follows:

 

County

Award Amount

 

County

Award Amount

Albany

$202,379

 

Niagara

$172,664

Allegany

$174,590

 

Oneida

$200,167

Broome

$200,949

 

Onondaga

$177,652

Cattaraugus

$175,764

 

Ontario

$198,524

Cayuga

$202,548

 

Orange

$165,658

Chautauqua

$174,310

 

Orleans

$122,218

Chemung

$197,248

 

Oswego

$180,679

Chenango

$167,545

 

Otsego

$157,687

Clinton

$138,273

 

Putnam

$121,076

Columbia

$159,428

 

Rensselaer

$193,615

Cortland

$137,308

 

Rockland

$234,789

Delaware

$170,800

 

Saratoga

$127,221

Dutchess

$166,073

 

Schenectady

$177,760

Erie

$215,639

 

Schoharie

$113,600

Essex

$215,872

 

Schuyler

$193,631

Franklin

$193,268

 

Seneca

$180,736

Fulton

$167,791

 

St. Lawrence

$202,461

Genesee

$203,186

 

Steuben

$195,340

Greene

$139,634

 

Suffolk

$169,591

Hamilton

$93,664

 

Sullivan

$167,204

Herkimer

$194,366

 

Tioga

$153,299

Jefferson

$212,011

 

Tompkins

$148,478

Lewis

$138,118

 

Ulster

$144,340

Livingston

$214,981

 

Warren

$169,396

Madison

$163,643

 

Washington

$167,728

Monroe

$231,492

 

Wayne

$146,239

Montgomery

$142,049

 

Westchester

$165,722

Nassau

$148,789

 

Wyoming

$126,349

New York City

$196,319

 

Yates

$188,139

 

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