Hochul Awards $62 Million to 14 Counties through SICG Program

J.M. Lesinski

A shot taken in Steuben county of Interstate 390 in Cohocton, New York.Photo byPhoto by J.M. Lesinski

New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently awarded just over $62 million in funding to approximately 14 different New York state counties as part of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program. To be administered by the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the state program aims to enhance the public safety infrastructure and boost connectivity between counties and other vital statewide communication systems.

“When disaster strikes, New York must be ready,” remarked Hochul of the funding. “This grant funding is critical to modernizing our emergency communication systems to ensure that our brave first responders have the resources and data they need to keep the community and themselves safe during an emergency. Keeping New Yorkers safe is my top priority and this program is key to improving public safety throughout Upstate New York.”

The monetary awards by New York state county are as follows: Albany - $6,000,000, Allegany - $6,000,000, Chemung - $3,584,452, Columbia - $4,558,183, Cortland - $5,000,000, Jefferson - $2,000,000, Montgomery - $810,000, Onondaga - $2,750,000, Orleans - $2,990,000, Putnam - $6,000,000, Schenectady - $6,000,000, Schuyler - $4,888,663, Steuben - $5,846,500, and Tioga - $6,000,000.

"Funding public safety partners is core to our agency’s mission,” New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray stated of the funding. “These grants will help Counties in upstate regions make upgrades to their emergency communications systems. New York’s first responders need the highest-quality tools and resources to ensure communications are effective throughout an emergency response.”

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