Governor Cuomo Announces $10 Million Grant to Support Emergency Services Dispatching in New York

Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in Public Safety Answering Points operations grants have been awarded to municipalities across New York State.

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Statewide grant program will support county operations of public safety answering points.

Photo by: Governor Andrew Cuomo, via Facebook.

Albany, NY - December 30, 2015 - Governor Cuomo announced $10 million in Public Safety Answering Points operations grants have been awarded to municipalities across New York State. The funding, administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will support 57 counties and the City of New York in improving 9-1-1 response and emergency dispatching.

“In an emergency, every second counts,” Governor Cuomo said. “With these investments we’re helping to ensure our first responders have resources they need and access to the most-up-to-date technology available in order to better respond to New Yorkers in their moment of need.”

“It is important that all New Yorkers can get the help they need quickly and easily in any type of emergency situation,” DHSES Commissioner John P. Melville said. “These grants will help counties invest in their emergency communications infrastructure and give local residents quality service and peace of mind that help will come quickly when they need it.”

The grant funding is administered by DHSES through the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant. PSAPs are public safety facilities where incoming calls for help are received and the process for emergency services dispatching is initiated. Throughout New York State, counties provide the majority of 9-1-1 answering and dispatching operations, and coordinate services among municipal, county and state responders. The annual grant allows for state reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. All counties and the City of New York are eligible to apply.

The Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant was initiated by Governor Cuomo in 2014 and all 57 counties and the City of New York have chosen to participate again this year. The grant not only helps county operators offset their day-to-day expenses, but can also foster upgrades in call-taking and dispatching technology and investing in new services such as text messaging, data communication and improved geo-location for emergency response. Funding is non-competitive and formula-based. Monies are distributed among participating counties based on statistics reflective of a county’s operational scope, demographic factors, and emergency services call metrics. By participating in the program, counties affirm their adherence to state and national guidelines for emergency communications.

2015-16 PSAP Operations Awards

County

Award Amount

 

County

Award Amount

Albany

$233,382

 

Niagara

$195,149

Allegany

$161,547

 

Oneida

$207,580

Broome

$209,703

 

Onondaga

$206,016

Cattaraugus

$172,605

 

Ontario

$158,945

Cayuga

$170,907

 

Orange

$177,823

Chautauqua

$178,323

 

Orleans

$133,385

Chemung

$188,222

 

Oswego

$180,103

Chenango

$170,855

 

Otsego

$157,260

Clinton

$141,883

 

Putnam

$126,883

Columbia

$160,509

 

Rensselaer

$177,913

Cortland

$151,001

 

Rockland

$227,942

Delaware

$154,732

 

Saratoga

$148,969

Dutchess

$165,211

 

Schenectady

$170,290

Erie

$209,112

 

Schoharie

$149,001

Essex

$166,248

 

Schuyler

$165,569

Franklin

$170,387

 

Seneca

$166,635

Fulton

$206,892

 

St. Lawrence

$178,002

Genesee

$187,377

 

Steuben

$185,710

Greene

$151,052

 

Suffolk

$153,970

Hamilton

$127,582

 

Sullivan

$155,289

Herkimer

$197,534

 

Tioga

$160,339

Jefferson

$198,520

 

Tompkins

$149,235

Lewis

$179,053

 

Ulster

$154,511

Livingston

$167,362

 

Warren

$168,835

Madison

$158,368

 

Washington

$185,509

Monroe

$219,607

 

Wayne

$171,874

Montgomery

$147,163

 

Westchester

$165,620

Nassau

$137,286

 

Wyoming

$155,000

New York City

$214,199

 

Yates

$170,021

About DHSES
The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) and its four offices -- Counter Terrorism, Emergency Management, Fire Prevention and Control, and Interoperable and Emergency Communications -- provide 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 visit dhses.ny.gov.