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Hundreds of thousands coming for emergency communications in the Finger Lakes

Cayuga County’s public safety emergency communications system will be getting significant funding from New York State, according to announcements by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Cayuga County Administrator Justin Woods.

Gov. Cuomo announced $806,629 in funding to support Cayuga County’s public safety emergency communications system under the NYS 2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant.

The grant program concentrates on enhancing critical public safety and emergency communications statewide.

“Grant funding is critical to fulfilling our everyday duties,” said Denise A. Spingler, Cayuga County’s E-911 Administrator. “Keeping our responders safe is our primary goal. Having the infrastructure and technology to keep them safe is key.”

“Being able to expand our emergency response capabilities is potentially lifesaving for our residents,” said Patrick V. Mahunik, Chair of the Cayuga County Legislature. “We are grateful for the state’s support of this crucial public safety function.”

“Funding to enhance our public safety operations is always appreciated,” said Andrew Dennison, Chair of the Legislature’s Judicial & Public Safety Committee. “Our first responders need to have the resources to be able to act fast in emergency situations.”

“We thank the Governor for his continued support and congratulate our E-911 team for their efforts in securing grant funding to support our operations,” said Justin Woods, County Administrator.

The $45 million in state grant funding has been awarded to 57 counties and New York City for emergency communications. It enables local governments to expand their emergency response capabilities to enhance public safety operations.

The 2018 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program supports nine Regional Communications Consortiums that focus on improving critical emergency communications across the state, as well as coordination between counties, state and federal agencies.

“In an emergency, every second counts and it’s critically important that first responders have the tools and resources they need to receive information fast to help New Yorkers in their time of need,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will help us create a stronger, safer New York for all.”

“Emergency communications are vital to ensuring the safety and well-being of New Yorkers,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “In addition to state grants provided for county dispatch operations, this funding will further improve emergency response by enhancing communication networks in counties across the state. We’re making sure that municipalities have the technology they need to improve emergency systems and operate efficiently.”

The fiscal year 2018 State Interoperable Communications grant awards are below:

County

Award Amount

 County

Award Amount

Albany

$1,276,449

Niagara

$669,712

Allegany

$889,690

Oneida

$857,631

Broome

$678,019

Onondaga

$1,274,666

Cattaraugus

$674,160

Ontario

$621,204

Cayuga

$806,629

Orange

$802,256

Chautauqua

$639,301

Orleans

$403,172

Chemung

$541,201

Oswego

$844,821

Chenango

$534,819

Otsego

$796,814

Clinton

$646,188

Putnam

$460,753

Columbia

$476,985

Rensselaer

$746,423

Cortland

$964,140

Rockland

$825,122

Delaware

$497,400

Saratoga

$812,919

Dutchess

$616,793

Schenectady

$669,427

Erie

$1,106,090

Schoharie

$455,260

Essex

$782,665

Schuyler

$382,595

Franklin

$681,121

Seneca

$411,692

Fulton

$471,118

St. Lawrence

$811,132

Genesee

$664,778

Steuben

$776,687

Greene

$438,850

Suffolk

$1,007,048

Hamilton

$544,803

Sullivan

$685,016

Herkimer

$595,532

Tioga

$450,221

Jefferson

$612,697

Tompkins

$680,422

Lewis

$682,650

Ulster

$575,721

Livingston

$667,855

Warren

$522,261

Madison

$763,731

Washington

$771,550

Monroe

$1,683,479

Wayne

$488,881

Montgomery

$423,415

Westchester

$569,661

Nassau

$1,009,797

Wyoming

$456,166

New York City

$5,448,636

Yates

$351,776

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