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$13 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grants to Strengthen State Emergency Preparedness

Grants Will Help Fund Equipment and Training to Enhance Preparedness, Protect Critical Infrastructure and Advance Cybersecurity Capabilities

Funding for Hazardous Materials Teams, Bomb Squads, Tactical Teams, Explosive Detection Canine Teams, Technical Rescue Teams, Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity Efforts

 

Governor Hochul Announces $13 Million in Federal Homeland Security Grants to Strengthen State Emergency Preparedness


Governor Kathy Hochul today announced $13 million in federal grant awards through the State Homeland Security Program. Awards were made to a combination of 78 cities, towns, villages and counties through seven unique grant programs to enhance their preparedness and response capabilities. This funding will be used to support vital training and equipment for first responders including specialized law enforcement and fire emergency response teams. Grants will also be used to enhance the protection of critical infrastructure and the cybersecurity posture across New York State.

“Emergency preparedness is critical to our ability to respond to crises and keep New Yorkers safe,” Governor Hochul said. “Working with federal and local partners, we’re equipping law enforcement across the state with the tools to respond to any threat that may come.”

The funding is allocated to New York’s bomb squads, hazardous materials teams, explosive detection canine teams, tactical teams, and technical rescue and urban search and rescue teams. It will be used to protect and secure critical infrastructure, mass gathering events and enhance local governments’ cybersecurity capabilities.

The State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services manages the targeted grants and has previously distributed approximately $90.9 million to these critical programs.

New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “These grants give our most technically expert first responders the latest technology, tools, and training that they need to protect New Yorkers and all of our communities.”

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said, “Investing in our emergency preparedness is critical to ensuring the safety of all New Yorkers. This $13 million in federal funding will help equip our first responders with the training and resources needed to respond to any emergency while also strengthening critical infrastructure and cybersecurity across New York State. I am committed to keeping all New Yorkers safe and will continue to fight for federal resources that bolster New York’s emergency preparedness.”

Representative Adriano Espaillat said, “I commend Governor Hochul on today’s announcement allocating increased federal funding to strengthen New York state’s emergency preparedness. From tactical teams, canine units, emergency services, and cyberattack prevention, these programs are vital in our collective efforts to respond to ongoing and future threats to ensure the continued safety of all New Yorkers.”

Representative Joe Morelle said, “As our digital landscape continues to change, it’s critical we continue taking the actions necessary to protect people from online threats. I’m grateful to Governor Hochul for her leadership in utilizing federal grant dollars I helped secure in Washington to ensure communities across New York State are well-prepared to respond to these evolving cybersecurity threats. I look forward to continuing my work alongside the Governor to support our local governments and bolster our online infrastructure.”

Bomb Squads: This program helps equip and train the state's 12 local FBI-accredited bomb squads to locate and prevent potential emergencies caused by improvised explosive devices or IEDs. More than $29.6 million in dedicated homeland security funding has been awarded to New York communities over 16 consecutive years.

12 awards were made through this noncompetitive grant opportunity.

Subrecipient

2021 Funding Amount

2022 Funding Amount

Chautauqua County

$75,000

$75,000

Endicott, Village of

$91,668

$83,333

Erie County

$150,000

$125,000

Monroe County

$112,500

$100,000

Nassau County

$222,727

$236,363

New York City Police Department

$445,455

$472,727

Onondaga County

$91,666

$83,333

Rochester, City of

$112,500

$100,000

Rockland County

$111,364

$118,182

Suffolk County

$222,727

$236,364

Syracuse, City of

$91,666

$83,334

Westchester County

$272,727

$286,364

Total

$2,000,000

$2,000,000

Hazardous Materials Targeted Grant Program

This program serves as a resource for 18 regional HazMat Teams, outside of New York City, to sustain and enhance HazMat capabilities to help New Yorkers respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other emergencies. Regions can use this funding to obtain and maintain essential equipment, implement the HazMat Team Accreditation Program, conduct training and exercises, and develop and update HazMat response plans.

18 awards were made through this noncompetitive grant opportunity.

Subrecipient

2021 Funding Amount

2022 Funding Amount

Albany County

$171,750

$171,750

Broome County

$107,900

$107,900

Cayuga County

$81,900

$81,900

Chautauqua County

$90,700

$90,700

Columbia County

$44,300

$44,300

Erie County

$189,800

$189,800

Genesee County

$184,250

$184,250

Jefferson County

$56,300

$56,300

Montgomery County

$67,500

$67,500

Nassau County

$76,900

$76,900

Oneida County

$63,400

$63,400

Onondaga County

$104,800

$104,800

Orange County

$141,200

$141,200

Schuyler County

$114,900

$114,900

Seneca County

$110,600

$110,600

Suffolk County

$91,500

$91,500

Warren County

$179,800

$179,800

Westchester County

$122,500

$122,500

Total

$2,000,000

$2,000,000

Critical Infrastructure Grant Program: This program promotes a common understanding and approach to risk management as well as providing funding to support local first responders’ efforts to mitigate risk and enhance protection capabilities at mass gatherings/special event sites, and government-owned critical infrastructure sites.

12 awards were made through this competitive grant opportunity:

Subrecipient

Funding Amount

Albany County

$50,000

Brookhaven, Town of

$19,182

Eastchester, Town of

$50,000

Freeport, Village of

$49,673

Hamburg, Town of

$18,000

Hyde Park, Town of

$13,145

Long Beach, City of

$50,000

Onondaga County

$50,000

Ossining, Village of

$50,000

Syracuse, City of

$50,000

Utica, City of

$50,000

White Plains, City of

$50,000

Total

$500,000

Cybersecurity Grant Program

This program provides funding support for eligible counties, cities, towns and villages to enhance their ability to protect, detect, identify, respond to and recover from cyber incidents. Funding may be utilized to mitigate capability gaps for equipment, training, planning and exercise costs.

43 awards were made through this competitive grant opportunity:

Subrecipient

Funding Amount

Albany County

$50,000

Broome County

$50,000

Cayuga County

$50,000

Chautauqua County

$50,000

Chemung County

$50,000

Clinton County

$50,000

Columbia County

$49,500

Cortland County

$43,666

Essex County

$50,000

Freeport, Village of

$50,000

Geddes, Town of

$50,000

Genesee County

$50,000

Green Island, Village of

$43,515

Islip, Town of

$50,000

Jefferson County

$50,000

Lewis County

$50,000

Lockport, Town of

$30,365

Maybrook, Village of

$46,735

Monroe County

$50,000

Montgomery County

$41,500

Nanticoke, Town of

$23,650

Nassau County

$50,000

New Paltz, Town of

$25,940

New York City Police Department

$50,000

Newburgh, City of

$50,000

Niagara County

$50,000

Niagara Falls, City of

$50,000

Oneida, City of

$49,999

Orangetown, Town of

$25,000

Ossining, Village of

$50,000

Oswego County

$50,000

Schenectady County

$50,000

Schenectady, City of

$50,000

Schoharie County

$50,000

Seneca County

$27,700

Smithtown, Town of

$42,430

Somers, Town of

$50,000

Steuben County

$50,000

Tarrytown, Village of

$50,000

Tompkins County

$50,000

Westchester County

$50,000

White Plains, City of

$50,000

Wyoming County

$50,000

Total

$2,000,000

Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program

Funding through this program provides local law enforcement agencies with active road patrols aid to develop and enhance their explosive detection canine capabilities. Explosive Detection Canine Teams provide a visible, proactive police presence in areas of mass gathering, transportation centers and critical infrastructure sites. In addition to this deterrence presence, they provide a mobile response capability for detection and identification of potential explosive device type incidents.

30 awards were made through this competitive grant opportunity.

Subrecipient

Funding Amount

Albany County

$15,000

Albany, City of

$15,000

Buffalo, City of

$15,000

Chautauqua County

$15,000

Erie County

$60,000

Hamilton County

$15,000

Hyde Park, Town of

$5,577

Livingston County

$4,600

Monroe County

$60,000

Monroe County

$15,000

Monroe, Village of

$60,000

Nassau County

$13,000

New York City Police Department

$60,000

New York City Police Department

$15,000

Niagara County

$15,000

Onondaga County

$15,000

Ontario County

$59,000

Orange County

$60,000

Orange County

$7,500

Peekskill, City of

$15,000

Poughkeepsie, Town of

$60,000

Rochester, City of

$15,000

Rockland County

$15,000

Saugerties, Town of

$40,000

Suffolk County

$15,000

Syracuse, City of

$8,323

Troy, City of

$15,000

Utica, City of

$15,000

Westchester County

$15,000

Woodbury, Town of

$12,000

Total

$750,000

Tactical Team Targeted Grant Program

This funding supports New York State’s tactical teams and provides them with the adequate skills and capabilities to provide a safe and successful response to high-risk incidents including active shooter events and other counterterrorism missions. Funding must be in support of the team’s attainment/sustainment of New York State accreditation for tactical teams to include supporting necessary equipment, planning and training costs required to meet the rigorous standards.

17 awards were made through this competitive grant opportunity:

Subrecipient

Funding Amount

Amherst, Town of

$75,000

Broome County

$56,574

Buffalo, City of

$75,000

Cheektowaga, Town of

$75,000

Clarkstown, Town of

$74,676

Colonie, Town of

$75,000

Erie County

$75,000

New Rochelle, City of

$75,000

Ossining, Village of

$75,000

Rochester, City of

$75,000

Schenectady, City of

$75,000

Suffolk County

$75,000

Troy, City of

$74,750

Utica, City of

$69,000

Westchester County

$75,000

White Plains, City of

$75,000

Yonkers, City of

$75,000

Total

$1,250,000

Technical Rescue & Urban Search and Rescue Grant Program

This program focuses on the enhancement of Technical Rescue and USAR teams for local emergency responders who provide services involving structural collapse, trench, confined space, and rope rescue which help New Yorkers respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other emergencies.

Three awards were made through this competitive grant opportunity:

Subrecipient

Funding Amount

Monroe County

$126,338

New York City Fire Department

$225,000

Orange County

$148,662

Total

$500,000


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