County law enforcement officials in Erie and Niagara received new state funding to enable patrols on segments of the NYS Canal System.
They are among seven counties statewide to receive a combined $218,032 in grant funding from the canal corporation. The announcement comes on conjunction with the observance of National Safe Boating Week, May 19-25.
Sheriffs' departments in the counties of Erie, Albany, Oneida, Seneca and Niagara were awarded individual grants of $30,000 each. The Monroe County Sheriffs's Department was awarded $28,032, and the Cayuga County Sheriffs's Department was awarded $10,000.
The reimbursement-basis grants will fund up to 75 percent of local Marine Safety Patrol operations conducted on waterways which are part of or contiguous to the 524-mile-long state Canal System.
The grants are intended to ensure the waterways are patrolled by marine units with the training, experience and local knowledge necessary, said Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton.
Now in its 188th consecutive season of operation, the New York State Canal system includes four historic waterways: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca canals. The system links the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes and Lake Erie via the Niagara River.