Allegany and Cattaraugus counties will receive $130,863 and $188,546 respectively in New York State grants  to strengthen local emergency response operations across the state through improvements to 911 response and emergency service dispatch operations.

The funding, announced Friday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, is administered by the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services through the Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant.

"New York remains steadfast in our commitment to providing our first responders with the tools they need to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies," Cuomo said. "This critical funding will allow counties to make necessary upgrades to their emergency service dispatch operations, creating a safer, more secure Empire State."

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County operators can use the funding in many ways, including operating expenses, upgrades to dispatching technology and investment in services such as text messaging, data communication and geo-location.

New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick A. Murphy said, "These grants play an instrumental role in implementing new technology and resources to aid 911 centers in deploying assistance to New Yorkers as quickly as possible.”