October 27, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Hochul Announces More than $251 Million in Federal Funding for Prepardness and Counterterrorism Efforts

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Governor Hochul Announces More than $251 Million in Federal Funding for Prepardness and Counterterrorism Efforts
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Funding Will Help Communities Statewide Prevent, Respond to, and Recover from Manmade and Natural Disasters and Emergencies 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced more than $251 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts across New York. The funding, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its FY2021 Homeland Security Grant Program, supports regional homeland security preparedness efforts, including planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise activities which are critical to sustaining and improving community prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services manages these programs in close coordination with local stakeholders. 

"Keeping New Yorkers safe is one of our most critical responsibilities, and this funding will help localities and institutions prepare to defend against a variety threats, from natural disasters to threats of terror," Governor Hochul said. "I thank the Biden Administration and our partners in Congress for working with us to make the necessary investments that will help us protect against the impacts of climate change, as well as those posed by the appalling hate-based acts of violence we have seen unfold across the nation."  

Congressman Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) said, "The insurrection of January 6th and the targeted attacks and hate crimes on the streets of New York City have taught us that we simply cannot take anything for granted - especially when it comes to the security of our communities and most crucial institutions. I commend Governor Hochul on today's announcement to allocate this federal funding that I helped secure to further support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts across the great State of New York. It will take each of us working together to ensure the preparedness of our communities to thwart and counter future attacks - and this funding will ensure our state can prepare, react, and rebuild from any crisis and keep our communities safe."

State Division Homeland Security and Emergency Services Executive Deputy Commissioner Terence J. O'Leary said, "These funds will help counties and cities strengthen their counterterrorism efforts against domestic and international threats, as well as enhance our security along the northern border. The Division is committed to helping our local partners bolster their emergency preparedness posture and to protect New Yorkers against acts of terrorism."

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario said, "Whether it's a natural disaster, global health pandemic, or act of terrorism, counties are the front-line leaders during an emergency, coordinating response and marshalling resources to protect our citizens. Preparedness is key to keeping New Yorkers safe and we commend Governor Hochul for providing local governments with the resources they need to ensure that when the next emergency arrives, county leaders are equipped with the tools and training to respond effectively."

FEMA's Homeland Security Grant Program is comprised of three separate risk-based grants aimed at assisting state, local and tribal efforts in preventing, preparing for, protecting against and responding to acts of terrorism. Those programs are the State Homeland Security Program, the Urban Area Security Initiative and Operation Stonegarden. 

State Homeland Security Program - $70.6 million 
The State Homeland Security Program provides funding to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic disasters. Per federal guidelines, the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services awards 80% of this funding to local jurisdictions. This includes the list of awards below, as well as an additional suite of targeted grants which will be made available in the coming months. The remaining 20% of funding is used by the state to further enhance New York's counterterrorism and emergency preparedness posture statewide. 

Investments were required to support the following priority areas to build statewide capabilities: 

  • Strengthening Intelligence and Information-Sharing Capabilities 
  • Enhancing Cyber Security Capabilities 
  • Addressing Emerging Threats 
  • Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets/Crowded Places 
  • Combating Domestic Violent Extremism 

Executive Director of the New York State Conference of Mayors Peter A. Baynes said, "New York's mayors thank Governor Hochul for her concerted effort to get this critically important homeland security and emergency preparedness funding out to local governments throughout New York.  The top priority of every local leader is to protect the health, safety and welfare of their citizens and this funding will go a long way toward fulfilling that mission. NYCOM looks forward to continuing to work closely with Governor Hochul to forge a strong state-local partnership."

Award amounts are listed below: 

Grantee 

Total Award 

Albany County 

$635,474 

City of Albany 

$301,359 

Allegany County 

$59,750 

Broome County 

$311,551 

Cattaraugus County 

$136,570 

Cayuga County 

$132,303 

Chautauqua County 

$170,713 

Chemung County 

$145,106 

Chenango County 

$93,892 

Clinton County 

$128,035 

Columbia County 

$76,821 

Cortland County 

$51,215 

Delaware County 

$85,356 

Dutchess County 

$574,070 

Erie County (City of Buffalo) 

$1,734,163 

Essex County 

$102,428 

Franklin County 

$59,750 

Fulton County 

$72,553 

Genesee County 

$98,160 

Greene County 

$98,160 

Hamilton County 

$42,678 

Herkimer County 

$76,821 

Jefferson County 

$110,964 

Lewis County 

$46,946 

Livingston County 

$128,035 

Madison County 

$106,696 

Monroe County 

$513,361 

City of Rochester 

$450,350 

Montgomery County 

$102,428 

Nassau County 

$1,820,278 

City of New York 

$30,135,400 

Niagara County 

$563,278 

Oneida County 

$226,103 

Onondaga County 

$396,263 

City of Syracuse 

$254,629 

Ontario County 

$170,714 

Orange County 

$924,546 

Orleans County 

$89,625 

Oswego County 

$166,445 

Otsego County 

$93,892 

Putnam County 

$234,731 

Rensselaer County 

$336,602 

City of Troy 

$154,378 

Rockland County 

$635,907 

Saratoga County 

$247,535 

Schenectady County 

$272,829 

City of Schenectady 

$203,670 

Schoharie County 

$81,089 

Schuyler County 

$46,946 

Seneca County 

$51,215 

St. Lawrence County 

$157,910 

Steuben County 

$110,965 

Suffolk County 

$1,180,103 

Sullivan County 

$179,249 

Tioga County 

$59,750 

Tompkins County 

$98,160 

Ulster County 

$230,463 

Warren County 

$68,285 

Washington County 

$68,285 

Wayne County 

$145,106 

Westchester County 

$1,367,888 

Wyoming County 

$59,750 

Yates County 

$34,143 

Total 

$47,511,840 

Urban Areas Security Initiative - $178.7 million 
This funding is awarded to jurisdictions in the New York City metropolitan area under the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant. The region will use this money to sustain and enhance their critical anti-terrorism programs. Based on federal guidelines, 80% of the award is allocated to partners in the region's Urban Area Working Group, using a consensus-based process, and the consensus agreement for these funds is outlined below. 

An additional $18,032,588 will also be allocated and is included in the awards below to the City of New York from the State's portion of the 2021 Fiscal Year Urban Areas Security Initiative grant, in recognition of the City's unique position in terms of potential threats from terrorist-related activities. The remaining funding is used by the state to further enhance New York's counterterrorism and emergency preparedness posture in the urban area. 

Award amounts are listed below: 

Grantee 

Total Award 

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 

$10,662,602 

  

Westchester County 

$2,649,658 

City of Yonkers 

$2,649,658 

Suffolk County 

$2,649,658 

Nassau County 

$2,649,658 

City of New York 

$139,771,354 

Total 

$161,032,588 

Operation Stonegarden Grant Program - $1.9 million 
This grant provides critical funding to enhance cooperation and coordination between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies through the support of joint operations which are conducted along the northern border.  

Grantee 

Total Award 

Cayuga County 

$121,500 

Chautauqua County 

$103,300 

Clinton County 

$250,000 

Erie County 

$100,000 

Franklin County 

$290,000 

Jefferson County 

$125,000 

Monroe County 

$100,000 

Niagara County 

$140,000 

Orleans County 

$100,000 

Oswego County 

$100,000 

St. Lawrence County 

$300,000 

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe 

$81,900 

Wayne County 

$111,600 

Wyoming County 

$63,000 

Total 

$1,986,300 

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services 
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides 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, or Instagram, or visit dhses.ny.gov

Contact the Governor’s Press Office

Contact us by phone:

Albany: (518) 474 - 8418
New York City: (212) 681 - 4640

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