ALBANY, NY - Cattaraugus County will receive $674,160 in state grant funding for emergency communications to enhance public safety operations.

The grant is part of $45 million in funding that has been awarded to 57 counties and New York  City. This funding enables local governments to expand their emergency response capabilities. 

"In an emergency, every second counts and it's critically important that first responders have the tools and resources they need to receive information fast to help New Yorkers in their time of need," said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who announced the grants. "This funding will help us create a stronger, safer New York for all.”

The grants are part of the State Interoperable Communications Grant, administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The program supports nine Regional Communications Consortiums that focus on improving critical emergency communications across the state, as well as coordination between counties, state and federal agencies.