By WBNG News
Story Created: Dec 8, 2009 at 4:01 PM EST
Story Updated: Dec 8, 2009 at 4:02 PM EST
GOVERNOR PATERSON ANNOUNCES NEW YORK ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE $344.7 MILLION IN FEDERAL HOMELAND SECURITY GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010
Governor David A. Paterson today announced that New York State is eligible to receive more than $344.7 million in Fiscal Year 2010 federal Homeland Security Funding. The State is targeted to receive $113.5 million in State Homeland Security Program (SHSP) funds, the most of any state in the nation. The New York City Urban Area is slated to receive $151.5 million, a 4.4 percent increase from FY 2009. The final federal grant award announcements will be made by the federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in mid-2010.
These grant funds will support first responders and communities across the State to better prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other emergencies.
“New Yorkers know all too well the evils of terrorism as the City and State remain a target for those who would cause us harm. And it is especially gratifying to see that our partners at the federal Department of Homeland Security recognize that too,” Governor Paterson said. “That is why these funds are so vital in the continuing effort to enhance our readiness and response capabilities to protect our citizens. These funds will help make sure that our valiant first responders have the tools and training they need to protect our State from potential acts of terror.
“I want to thank Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and our Congressional delegation for supporting New York State’s and New York City’s threat-based approach and making sure that New York receives the resources that it deserves,” the Governor added.
“These grants play a major role in our efforts to work with our state, local, tribal and territorial and private sector partners to build a national culture of readiness and resilience,” DHS Secretary Napolitano said in making the national target awards announcement this morning. “This year’s guidance focuses on maximizing efficiency and value while prioritizing risk in awarding grants to strengthen our nation’s security.”
Deputy Secretary for Public Safety Denise E. O’Donnell said: “These federal resources are critical, and will allow communities across New York State to continue to invest in equipment, technology, training and other projects designed to ensure the safety and security of all New Yorkers. We must remain on guard, prepared and ever vigilant, and I am grateful that the Obama Administration and our Congressional delegation have continued their commitment to New York and all of its residents.”
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