Feds release border-security funds for WNY

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

By Tracey Drury, Business First

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Feds release border-security funds for WNY

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 10:55 AM EDT

The Western New York region will receive more $800,000 in new federal dollars to help secure the border.

Niagara, Erie and Chautauqua counties will share $547,468 through the Operation Stonegarden Program within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds, part of the FY2013 Homeland Security Grant Program Allocation, are designed to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state and federal law enforcement agencies.

The program works to secure U.S. borders along points of entry along international borders. New York received a total of $1.7 million in funding.

Another $259,500 in federal dollars was allocated to the Port of Buffalo through the Port Security Grant Program, which funds port authorities, facility operators as well as state and local government agencies to provide improvements to transportation infrastructure. The funds will be split between the City of Tonawanda, which receives $12,000; and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

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