Columbia, Greene cos. receive funds for emergency services dispatching
Aug 21, 2018 6:30 am
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo August 20, announced $10 million in grants to county governments statewide to support emergency response operations. The funds will allow municipalities in 57 counties and New York City to make improvements to their 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations. The funding is administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant. Locally, funds were allocated as follows: Columbia County received $154,000; Dutchess County, $163,000; Greene County, $176,000; Rensselaer County, $165,000; and, Ulster County $141,000. "These grants will allow counties to continue to upgrade and improve their emergency communications and ensure that New Yorkers are getting the fastest, safest response in their moment of need," Cuomo said in a press release. The majority of 911 answering and dispatching operations are provided by county governments statewide. These grants allow for state reimbursement to those counties for eligible public safety call-taking and dispatching expenses. The award is a non-competitive, formula-based grant. According to the governor's office, the funds are distributed based on statistics reflective of a county's operational scope, demographic factors, and emergency services call metrics, according to the governor's office. Read the full press release at governor [dot] ny [dot] gov.