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Cuomo Announces $10 Million for Emergency Services

Over $700,000 has been allocated for Broome and surrounding counties emergency service’s as a part of a $10 Million grant announced by Governor Cuomo Wednesday.

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, including Broome, Delaware, Chenango, Cortland, and Tioga, improving 9-1-1 response and emergency dispatching.

Funding is non-competitive and formula-based.

“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 money will be 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