More than $6M to help counties prepare for emergency situations

Local counties will receive more than $6 million to help strengthen emergency preparedness.

According to the news release from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office, Fulton County will get $2.3 million, Hamilton County will receive $2.5 million and Montgomery County will get $1.68 million

According to the release, this round of grant funding includes $75 million from the annual Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant, which provides support to local governments to enhance emergency communications systems.

“New York has seen some of the nation’s worst disasters in recent years, and this [money] will go a long way to strengthening the network of locally-based emergency response infrastructure across our state,” Cuomo said in the release.

John Thayer, Root supervisor and Montgomery County Board of Supervisors chairman, said Montgomery County applied for the funds to help update the county’s 911 dispatch center.

“It is going to go a long way to redoing a center that hasn’t had an upgrade since it was put in place,” Thayer said.

Bill Waldron, Fulton County Board of Supervisors chairman, said he was surprised to hear about the funding to Fulton County. According to Waldron, he knew the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department was going to upgrade their communications and applied for a grant, but was not sure if these funds would be applied to it.

“At this time I’m really not familiar with any of the details,” Waldron said.


Here are the amounts local counties will receive to strengthen emergency preparedness:

Fulton?County – $2.3 million.

Hamilton?County – $2.5 million.

Montgomery?County – $1.68 million.