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:
|New York City|