State Funding Will Assist Counties, Enhance Emergency Response Systems and Implement Next Generation 911 Technology
Albany, NY – March 29, 2017 – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $45 million has been awarded for counties across the state to upgrade critical technology and improve emergency communications systems. This funding will enable local governments to expand their ability to communicate, exchange valuable data, and streamline information through their systems to enhance collaboration and assist first responders.
"In an emergency, every second counts," Governor Cuomo said. "This critical funding will improve the quality and efficiency of emergency response capabilities across New York, while supporting the brave first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect their neighbors and their community."
The State Interoperable Communications Grant, which is administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $275 million in five rounds to 57 counties and New York City. In addition, 10 regional partnerships or consortiums have been formed as a result of this grant program. This represents an increase in participation of more than 50 percent since the program was launched in 2010.
New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner John P. Melville said, "It is vital to emergency response to continually upgrade and enhance communications systems including 911 technologies. This grant funding allows counties and New York City to continue to make improvements to their emergency communications systems to help protect New Yorkers."
Senator Thomas Croci, Chair of the Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs said, "Our residents count on our first responders having seamless communication during an emergency situation. This funding is essential for counties to improve emergency response and quickly respond to calls for help when minutes count."
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Chair of the Committee on Governmental Operations said, "In an emergency, every second counts. When an emergency or disaster occurs, counties need a system that is faster, more flexible and resilient to keep up with communication technology used by the public daily. I applaud the Governor and my colleagues for passing this measure in the budget last year and look for to its implementation in counties like Erie County."