Counties statewide will receive funding to help improve their emergency communication systems.
The announcement was made Friday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. According to authorities from his office, $45 million will be distributed to 57 counties, including New York City, meaning each county will be awarded with several hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"Emergency communication systems are crucial to ensuring the safety of every New Yorker, and we're always looking for the latest technology to transmit information fast in a time of crisis," the Governor said. "This funding will enhance communication networks across the state and ensure that municipalities have the resources needed to improve emergency systems and operate efficiently."
Locally, Oneida County will be awarded with $839,306, while Jefferson County is aimed to receive $766,944, Lewis County is lined up to receive $720,830 and Herkimer County will get $678,591.
This announcement further builds on the state's work to assist localities in improving emergency communications. In September, Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in grants awarded to localities across the state to support emergency response operations.
The 2019-2020 Public Safety Answering Point Grant allows municipalities in 57 counties and New York City to make improvements to their 9-1-1 response and emergency service dispatch operations.
The annual PSAP grant allows for state reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses.