BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $29 million in grant funding was awarded to five counties across the state to improve emergency communications.
Locally, Wyoming County will receive nearly $6 million, which the state says will be used to build new towers and improve connectivity to the upstate public safety agencies. Officials say the county will also implement additional public safety radio channels.
"This funding will allow us to make the critical upgrades necessary to ensure we are prepared for any threat to our public safety," Wyoming County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Rebecca Ryan said. "We thank the Governor for granting localities the resources to upgrade these vital technologies in order to better serve the people of our great county."
Niagara and Orleans counties were awarded nearly $6 million each in phase one of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Targeted Grant Program.
"In an emergency situation, just a few seconds can make all the difference in the world," Cuomo said. "The public safety of our communities relies on swift and seamless communication between local and state agencies, first responders, and residents. That's why we're bringing the state's emergency response infrastructure into the 21st century and arming localities with the tools necessary to respond quickly and protect New Yorkers in times of crisis."