Washington DC - April 8th, 2015 - U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice announced today that Nassau County will receive $1,950,000 in federal funding to support homeland security and counterterrorism activities. The grant, administered through the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) State Homeland Security Program (SHSP), will support the efforts of local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders to prevent, prepare for and respond to acts of terrorism and other catastrophic events.
Nassau County will receive more SHSP funding than any other recipient in the state except for New York City. Suffolk County will also receive $1,200,000 through the program. The New York City Area, which includes Nassau and Suffolk Counties, will also receive $180,926,000 through DHS’s Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which provides funding to address the unique risks and security demands of high-threat, high-density urban areas.
“We count on our local law enforcement agencies and emergency responders to be prepared and keep our communities safe, and they count on this federal funding to meet the unique security challenges we live with on Long Island,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice.
“After an unnecessary political fight delayed these grants and created uncertainty for the agencies that rely on them, I appreciate that DHS has acted quickly to ensure that our local responders will have the funds they need to protect us.”