State-funded Program Provides Support for New York’s Emergency Communication Networks, Enhancing Emergency Response Capabilities

Each County and New York City Receiving Two Grants as Part of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Program

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a combined $100 million in state funding has been awarded to 57 counties and New York City to enhance emergency communications as part of the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG) program. These programs aid municipalities in enhancing their emergency response capabilities by investing in public safety communications networks across the state. 

“This funding is critical to strengthening New York’s emergency response capabilities, in situations where every second counts,” Governor Hochul said. “We are laser focused on making smart investments in public safety across the state and these grants will be a significant boost for local governments working around the clock to keep New Yorkers safe.”  

The $100 million in funding will be administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) under two different grants: $90 million from SICG Formula grants and $10 million for Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) grants. Both grants directly enhance emergency response capabilities of local public safety agencies and improve the interoperability of communication systems across the state. 

State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Jackie Bray said, “Keeping New Yorkers safe is job #1 for Governor Hochul and the team at DHSES. These grants help local governments perform their public safety functions, strengthen the local response posture, and support emergency responders across the state.” 

The funding announced today is formula-based and provided through cellular surcharge revenue. The grants are specifically designed to help counties and the City of New York improve the methods used by first responders to communicate with one another. Recipients can use the funding to install new radio equipment at towers and antenna sites as well as enhancing communication channels among public safety radio systems. The funding also supports training and exercises to promote interregional emergency communications and overall first responder readiness. 

The SICG Formula grant awards announced today are below: 

County Award Amount County Award Amount 
Albany $2,365,306 Niagara $1,540,147 
Allegany $1,429,652 Oneida $1,411,546 
Broome $1,581,750 Onondaga $2,165,760 
Cattaraugus $1,226,779 Ontario $1,161,782 
Cayuga $1,413,337 Orange $1,684,021 
Chautauqua $1,284,018 Orleans $1,038,805 
Chemung $1,005,277 Oswego $1,572,352 
Chenango $1,012,367 Otsego $1,445,265 
Clinton $1,310,276 Putnam $1,047,678 
Columbia $899,384 Rensselaer $1,451,319 
Cortland $1,572,808 Rockland $1,456,750 
Delaware $1,210,010 Saratoga $1,426,723 
Dutchess $1,110,478 Schenectady $1,197,673 
Erie $2,376,326 Schoharie $935,567 
Essex $1,661,545 Schuyler $881,075 
Franklin $1,311,347 Seneca $789,937 
Fulton $993,962 St. Lawrence $1,604,582 
Genesee $1,375,407 Steuben $1,508,456 
Greene $919,750 Suffolk $2,540,314 
Hamilton $1,126,497 Sullivan $1,278,535 
Herkimer $1,329,820 Tioga $680,299 
Jefferson $1,433,203 Tompkins $1,219,500 
Lewis $1,360,147 Ulster $1,091,873 
Livingston $1,207,837 Warren $985,547 
Madison $1,447,335 Washington $1,464,226 
Monroe $2,784,346 Wayne $971,579 
Montgomery $740,231 Westchester $1,397,439 
Nassau $1,785,615 Wyoming $845,341 
New York City $13,188,252 Yates $742,847 
        

PSAP grants are intended to aid public safety answering point facilities, such as county emergency communication centers, which provide the majority of 911 operations and coordinate services between emergency response agencies. These grants allow for reimbursement to counties for eligible public safety expenses related to call intakes and dispatching. 

The PSAP grant awards announced today are below: 

County Award Amount  County Award Amount 
Albany $220,092  Niagara $152,870 
Allegany $131,843  Oneida $177,675 
Broome $228,633  Onondaga $213,818 
Cattaraugus $188,242  Ontario $225,692 
Cayuga $220,950  Orange $155,422 
Chautauqua $169,569  Orleans $93,490 
Chemung $234,617  Oswego $174,356 
Chenango $176,297  Otsego $187,260 
Clinton $154,985  Putnam $101,559 
Columbia $163,362  Rensselaer $168,104 
Cortland $197,805  Rockland $167,709 
Delaware $152,921  Saratoga $118,764 
Dutchess $163,057  Schenectady $178,688 
Erie $204,292  Schoharie $108,584 
Essex $245,290  Schuyler $183,334 
Franklin $164,307  Seneca $159,186 
Fulton $177,041  St. Lawrence $207,604 
Genesee $185,949  Steuben $180,108 
Greene $152,531  Suffolk $196,175 
Hamilton $170,317  Sullivan $157,898 
Herkimer $207,989  Tioga $129,044 
Jefferson $185,195  Tompkins $142,982 
Lewis $162,253  Ulster $119,511 
Livingston $152,793  Warren $147,706 
Madison $160,552  Washington $147,776 
Monroe $240,935  Wayne $186,856 
Montgomery $211,150  Westchester $156,789 
Nassau$131,629 Wyoming$96,817
New York City $201,451  Yates $208,176 

More information about the SICG Program can be found on the DHSES website here

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