State Sen. O'Mara announces DHS grants for constituents

N.Y. State Sen. Thomas O'Mara
N.Y. State Sen. Thomas O'Mara | Courtesy of the N.Y. Senate
The office of New York State Sen. Thomas O'Mara announced on Thursday that the counties he serves were awarded public safety and security grants from the federal Homeland Security Grant Program.

Schuyler County was awarded $55,000, Chemung County was awarded $170,000, Steuben County was awarded $130,000, Tompkins County received $115,000 and Yates County received $40,000.

“These timely and important public safety and emergency response grants will make a difference to counties and local first responders across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions,” O’Mara said. “Emergency preparedness, response and recovery are fundamental government responsibilities.”

These grants are intended to improve individual county's capabilities in counter-terrorism and emergency preparedness and response. They allow funding to be used for training, staffing and the acquisition of necessary equipment.

The state-wide grant was announced on Wednesday in Albany, and the state's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services further distributed funding to the different counties and localities. Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that a total of $233 million was awarded to the state for counter-terrorism and emergency management and preparedness.

In an address, he stated that this funding is crucial to protecting residents of the state and the response personnel that would act in the case of an attack. Cuomo also stated that the state is considered a high-profile target for attacks.