Last Thursday, Gov. Cuomo announced that 17 counties will receive a total of $50 million to enhance their emergency communications systems. Under the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program, the funds will support the installation of new radio equipment at towers and antenna sites to expand coverage; establishing common interoperability and mutual-aid channels among public safety radio systems; consolidation of emergency services dispatch facilities; and deployment of technology that will enable counties to link systems together.

Gov. Cuomo said:

“In the event of an emergency, every second counts – and this funding will help more counties upgrade their systems in order to help them communicate faster and respond sooner. This is part of this administration’s unparalleled investment to better connect all levels of government during emergencies and ensure local communities have access to the best tools to enable them to help New Yorkers in need as quickly and efficiently as possible.”