December 8, 2012
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces $9 Million in Grant Awards for County Emergency Call Centers

Governor Cuomo Announces $9 Million in Grant Awards for County Emergency Call Centers

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that $9 million in Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) grants have been awarded to 24 counties through the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) Office of Interoperability and Emergency Communications (OIEC). PSAPs are call centers that are responsible for answering emergency calls and dispatching police, fire or ambulance emergency services to the public.

These grants provide critical support to local governments to improve, streamline and consolidate emergency communications systems, Governor Cuomo said. By taking advantage of these grants, local governments are strengthening their ability to respond more effectively and efficiently to any emergency situation and thus raising the level of their ability to serve and protect the citizens of New York State.

PSAP awardees demonstrated significant needs for improving public safety answering points and saw the fiscal and programmatic value in consolidation, DHSES Commissioner Jerome M. Hauer said. These grants will help counties improve service through consolidation and collaboration.

The State Interoperability Grant Program, for the 2012-13 state budget, consisted of two parts. The first, and larger portion, was for $102 million and was awarded in February to 29 counties across the State to help improve the ability of first responders to communicate with each other and promote a network of regional partnerships that will include State agencies.

The PSAP Grant is the second portion of the program and is intended to reimburse counties for costs associated with consolidation and improvements. As a result, $7 million was awarded to applicants for reimbursement of PSAP consolidation, improvements and enhancements, and $2 million was distributed for reimbursement of sustainment and operating expenses in consolidated PSAPs.

Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director, NYS Association of Counties, said, NYSAC applauds the award of these funds for county public safety answering points. These funds go a long way to helping counties provide essential 9-1-1 services to the public. The State of New York has made an important investment in the safety of our citizens by ensuring 9-1-1 centers have reliable communications capabilities.

11 Counties were awarded Consolidation Grants:

  • Broome: $988,662
  • Delaware: $179,209
  • Erie: $967,981
  • Franklin: $365,000
  • Hamilton: $144,472
  • Lewis: $808,615
  • Niagara: $620,000
  • Oswego: $836,009
  • Otsego: $866,051
  • Sullivan: $799,000
  • Warren: $425,000

13 Counties were awarded Sustainment Grants:

  • Allegany: $155,954
  • Cattaraugus: $199,918
  • Chautauqua: $93,516
  • Chenango: $74,051
  • Dutchess: $63,892
  • Jefferson: $295,523
  • Livingston: $305,767
  • Onondaga: $187,591
  • Orleans: $133,090
  • Rensselaer: $17,823
  • Suffolk: $250,381
  • Tioga: $28,711
  • Wayne: $193,783

Since the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program was established in 2010, 55 of the 58 eligible jurisdictions have applied and are actively participating within regional interoperable communications partnerships.

As authorized by Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2010, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES), through its Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC), is designated as the principal State agency for all interoperable and emergency communications issues and is responsible to coordinate and to implement a grant program to facilitate the development, consolidation and/or operation of public safety communications and networks designed to support statewide interoperable communications for first responders.

The Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) is a competitive grant that is funded by state cellular surcharge revenues.