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Governor Cuomo Announces Nearly $224 Million in Federal Funding for Preparedness and Counterterrorism Efforts

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Funding Will Help Communities Statewide Prevent, Respond to, and Recover from Manmade and Natural Disasters and Emergencies.

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NYS Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Photo by: Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, via Flickr.

Albany, NY - Sept. 17, 2018 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced nearly $224 million in federal funding to support counterterrorism and emergency preparedness efforts in counties across New York. The funding, provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency through its Homeland Security Grant Program, supports regional preparedness efforts, including planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise activities that are critical to sustaining and improving community prevention, protection, response, and recovery capabilities. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services manages these programs in close coordination with local stakeholders. 
 
"The safety and security of all New Yorkers is our number one priority, and we will continue to ensure those on the front lines have access to the very best training and resources to protect our communities," Governor Cuomo said. "With this funding we will continue to bolster efforts to keep everyone who lives, works and visits the Empire State safe and secure."
 
"This federal funding will ensure communities are prepared and have the resources they need to respond in an emergency situation," Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. "We want to make sure New Yorkers are safe when emergencies and natural disasters hit home. Public safety and security is a top priority, and we will continue to work to support recovery and training efforts across the state."
 
Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Roger Parrino, Sr. said, "These grant funds provide essential funding to ensure that our municipalities and first responders have the tools and training they need to safeguard our communities and the resources they need to improve preparedness efforts statewide." 
 
State Homeland Security Program - $52.5 million
 
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services awards this grant funding to every county in the state, along with New York City. The State Homeland Security Program will provide more than $52 million in funding to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism and other catastrophic disasters. Federal guidelines require that 25 percent of each county's total award be directed toward law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.
 
DHSES has identified a series of priorities for this funding in New York State, including:
 
  • Advancement of regional partnerships
  • Maturation of citizen preparedness efforts
  • Development of effective cyber security programs and policies
  • Enhancement of law enforcement information-sharing capabilities
  • Continued coordination of emergency management planning efforts
  • Sustainment of effective programs and existing capabilities
Urban Areas Security Initiative - $161 million
 
DHSES awards this funding to jurisdictions in the New York City metropolitan area under the Urban Areas Security Initiative grant. The region will use this money to sustain and enhance their critical anti-terrorism programs. Based on federal guidelines, 80% of the award is allocated to partners in the region's Urban Area Working Group, using a consensus-based process, and the consensus agreement for these funds is outlined below.
 
An additional $18 million will also be allocated and is included in the awards below to the City of New York from the State's portion of the 2018 Fiscal Year Urban Areas Security Initiative grant, in recognition of the City's unique position in terms of potential threats from terrorist-related activities.
 
Emergency Management Performance Grant - $7.4 million
 
This grant provides federal funds to states to assist state, local, territorial and tribal governments in preparing for all hazards. These critical funds support salaries for Emergency Management professionals at the state and local level; support training and exercises to develop and test the ability of state and local governments to respond to disasters and other emergencies; and provide essential technology to manage emergency response.
 
Operation Stonegarden Grant Program - $2.9 million
 
This grant provides critical funding to enhance cooperation and coordination between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies through the support of joint operations that are conducted along the northern border.
 
Congressman José E. Serrano said, "New Yorkers know firsthand the devastation that a terror attack or a natural disaster can cause here at home. With this federal Homeland Security funding, we can increase our defenses against attacks and be better prepared to recover from any emergency situation. As a member of the Appropriations committee in Congress, I will continue to fight alongside Governor Cuomo for federal resources like this to keep New York families safe."
 
Congresswoman Grace Meng said, "With increased threats around the nation from both manmade and natural disasters, this federal funding is critical to ensure our state is prepared for any emergency situation. New York needs and deserves this continued support and I'm pleased we were able to secure this federal funding to support our counterterrorism and emergency preparedness programs. I commend Governor Cuomo for putting the safety of New Yorkers first."
 
About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
 
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services provides leadership, coordination and support for efforts to prevent, protect against, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorism and other man-made and natural disasters, threats, fires and other emergencies. For more information, visit the DHSES Facebook page, follow @NYSDHSES on Twitter, or Instagram, or visit dhses.ny.gov.