September 11, 2017
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Announces Over $39 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Combat Terrorism in New York State

Governor Cuomo Announces Over $39 Million in Federal Grants Awarded to Combat Terrorism in New York State

Funding Bolsters Counterterrorism Efforts Already Underway to Secure Transit Systems and Ports

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than $39 million in federal funding has been awarded to New York in support of its counterterrorism efforts across the state. The funding, from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, strengthens critical efforts already underway between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to protect transportation infrastructure from terrorism.

"By securing this funding, we will continue to bolster our efforts to keep everyone who lives, works, and visits New York safe," Governor Cuomo said. "We will continue to invest in counter terrorism initiatives, provide New Yorkers engaged in the state's security efforts with top-notch equipment, and harden our infrastructure in order to protect New York from those who wish us harm."

Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger L. Parrino said, "It is important to ensure that New York State has the resources to meet the challenges that exist along our borders, waterways, and transportation hubs. This funding is essential for providing resources to enhance efforts to meet the challenges we face from terrorism and to keep our residents safe."

Over $20.9 Million to Protect Transportation Systems

Awarded to the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority, over $20.9 million will directly support transportation infrastructure security activities, specifically against terrorist attacks. The grants are part of the federal Transit Security Grant Program, and will be used to harden infrastructure, planning, and training and exercise activities.

$18.1 Million to Protect and Secure Ports

This competitive grant is awarded toprovide funding for transportation infrastructure security activities and facility security plans among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services. Funding supports increased port-wide risk management; enhancement domain awareness; training and exercises; expands port recovery and resiliency capabilities; and furthers capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons.

Grant awardees are below:

Port Area

Grant Recipient

FY 2017 Award

Long Island Sound

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


Long Island Sound

Town of Smithtown


New York, NY and NJ

HNY (Hornblower) Ferry, LLC


New York, NY and NJ

Nassau County, NY


New York, NY and NJ

New York City Department of Transportation


New York, NY and NJ

New York City Fire Department


New York, NY and NJ

New York City Police Department


New York, NY and NJ

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation


New York, NY and NJ

New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs


New York, NY and NJ

Ports America, Inc.




Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer said, "With ISIS-inspired attacks becoming more and more frequent across the globe, top terror targets like New York City must remain proactive and well-protected. Federal security funds are the cornerstone of effective preparedness and prevention against terror threats and enable local law enforcement to do all they can to keep New Yorkers safe and secure. I have been a strong supporter for counter-terrorism funds in New York City and I will do everything in my power to continue fighting for these funds and make sure that New York is protected."

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand said, "As we honor those lost on September 11, 2001, and remember the heroism of our first responders, we must continue to secure New York's ports and transportation systems to guard against terrorism at every turn. This funding is vital for continuing the important work being done by local, state, and federal law enforcement to protect New Yorkers from terrorism threats to our transportation infrastructure."

Congressman José E. Serrano said, "9/11 serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in our first responders to help ensure a similar tragedy doesn't take place ever again. This is why as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, I've always supported allocating significant funding for these counterterrorism efforts. Thanks to this federal funding, New Yorkers can remain confident that our state has the resources it needs to protect our transportation systems and ports of entry. I thank Governor Cuomo for giving this issue the attention and importance it deserves."

Congressman Jerrold Nadler said, "September 11th fundamentally changed the way we—as New Yorkers and Americans—thought about terrorism and the ever-present security risks for our City, State, and country as a whole. One of the primary risks areas is our transportation infrastructure, and I have long called for greater attention to our ports as an area susceptible to attack. We will never forget the lives lost and the sacrifices made by thousands on 9/11, and I applaud the Governor for working to secure this federal funding in order to bolster New York's counterterrorism efforts."

Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney said, "As a city consistently on alert, New York needs this funding to keep our people safe. These grants are a key factor in keeping our first responders ready to face any threat to our city. New York's finest deserve this support and I'm glad we were able to secure this federal funding to support our counterterrorism and emergency preparedness programs."

Congressman Gregory W. Meeks said, "Today, as we remember the devastation of 9/11 and honor the fallen, I'm proud to join Governor Cuomo in announcing $39 million in federal funding to fight terrorism throughout our great state. These grants will secure our transportation hubs, as well as improve detection, prevention, and response capabilities. The safety and security of all New Yorkers must be our highest priority, and, in the face of the ever-growing global terrorism threat, these funds are both timely and vital."

Congressman Joe Crowley said, "Our top priority is to keep New Yorkers safe, and these federal funds are critical to our ongoing counterterrorism operations. Our transportation network is the lifeblood of our city and I thank Governor Cuomo for his role in making sure the resources are there for our agencies to protect and strengthen that infrastructure."

Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney said, "Defending our neighbors from terrorism demands vigilance and commitment, and I want to thank the Governor for his work to keep our communities safe. Our critical infrastructure - like Metro-North - is a target for terrorism and we have to be proactive in keeping it safe."

Congressman Adriano Espaillat said, "The MTA is the lifeblood of our city, and many New Yorkers rely on the subway as their sole means of transportation. It is crucial to keep everyone safe while they navigate the city they love. I commend Governor Cuomo for investing $20.9 million to protect our transportation infrastructure and $18.1 million to protect our ports from terrorist efforts. New Yorkers can commute without fear, knowing that our physical space and people are protected."

MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota said, "Governor Cuomo showed tremendous leadership in helping the MTA secure nearly $21 million of federal grant money that will help keep New Yorkers safe. Make no mistake: this grant will aid our ongoing efforts to combat terrorism and I commend our federal partners for helping secure this critical funding. Ensuring the safety of our customers is at the core of everything we do at the MTA and increasing support for anti-terrorism training will help ensure that the MTA remains the economic backbone of our entire region."

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services

DHSES and its four offices - Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, Interoperable and Emergency Communications, and Counter Terrorism - provide leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, NYSDHSES in Instagram, or visit


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