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Hochul Awards $62.4 Million for Bettered Emergency Communications Infrastructure

J.M. Lesinski

A traffic sign guides commuters with downtown Buffalo, New York in the background.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently made available $62.4 million in funding to assist county-level endeavors that will be strengthening emergency communications and interoperability features of infrastructure utilized by first responders.

"When our firefighters, police officers, EMTs and paramedics respond to a crisis, they need a communications structure that allows them to communicate and coordinate effectively and efficiently," Hochul remarked of the funding. "This funding builds on our previous efforts to modernize our public safety communications systems and will bolster effective emergency communications capabilities and infrastructure across the State."

Officially named the 2022 Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant Program, interested counties, including New York City, are welcomed to apply for the funding, so long as it addresses either deficiencies in communication, improves infrastructure, or enhances the regional connectivity between counties and overall systems.

"Governor Hochul's release of this funding is a major step forward for counties and comes at a critical time for local public safety and emergency management systems that are in urgent need of upgrades,” stated Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties Stephen J. Acquario of the funding. “Local 9-1-1 dispatch centers rely on these grants to help fund lifesaving but costly infrastructure improvements, including new mobile radios for first responders, additional towers to increase the quality of dispatching services, and new technology to strengthen our interoperable communication centers. Governor Hochul is to be commended for improving the process to release these funds in a more timely manner, enabling local governments to improve emergency planning and response, and keep New Yorkers safe."

The maximum reward per recipient is expected to be six million dollars with only one applicant accepted per county. Applicants can apply through this link. The deadline to apply will be May 11, 2022.

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