Allegany and Cattaraugus counties will receive state funds to enhance emergency communications.

Allegany County will receive $775,128, and Cattaraugus County will receive $699,910 from a total of $45 million awarded to 57 counties and to the five boroughs/counties of New York City under New York State’s 2019 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program. The program, which is formula-based and funded by cellular surcharge revenue, allows counties to make improvements to systems that first responders use to communicate between one another and different regions of the state, such as land mobile radio systems.

"Emergency communication systems are crucial to ensuring the safety of every New Yorker, and we're always looking for the latest technology to transmit information fast in a time of crisis," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press release. "This funding will enhance communication networks across the state and ensure that municipalities have the resources needed to improve emergency systems and operate efficiently."

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Since 2010, the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program, administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, has awarded more than $500 million to New York's 62 counties.

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