A total of $10 million is going to counties across the state to support the create of threat assessment management teams in response to instances of domestic terrorism.
Governor Kathy Hochul says grant funding is now available to all 57 counties to support this development.
According to the Governor’s office, it’s a key component to combating domestic terrorists.
Guidance on developing TAM teams, and acquiring funding to do so, was provided to 36 counties and New York City at a two-day summit last week, hosted by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) at the State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany.
DHSES is encouraging localities to develop TAM Teams as a means of mitigating targeted violence. Creating these teams will also contribute to meeting the requirements of creating Domestic Terrorism Prevention Plans. Each County and the City of New York are eligible to receive up to $172,413 to support these efforts and are required to submit their plans to the State by the end of the year.
“In the wake of the horrific white supremacist attack in my hometown of Buffalo, we committed to confronting and eradicating the scourge of domestic terror,” Governor Hochul said. “My number one priority as Governor is keeping New Yorkers safe, and this much-needed funding will be critical to supporting our local public safety partners to confront domestic terrorism within their own communities. By working together, we can make sure New York is prepared for any and all risks that threaten our collective security, and prevent future acts of domestic terrorism and extremist violence across the state.”