Governor Cuomo announces $80 million in State Homeland Security Grants

Local governments will receive millions from Gov-ernor Cuomo’s Statewide Interoperable Communica-tions Grant or SICG.

Cuomo announced Tuesday his proposal for an $80 million grant that will be broken down accordingly and used for Homeland Security and other government purposes.

Cattaraugus County received $6 million in SICG to help its local governments improve the ability of first responders during disasters and also help provide maximum public safety in the event of high-level emergency.

The State Homeland Security Program or SHSP offered Chautauqua County $112,500 for their Bomb Squad Initiative.

This grant coordinates with the FBI, DHS, Office for Bombing Prevention, ATF and the NYSP.

The purpose of this grant is to help the bomb squad advance their abilities to detect, interdict, and respond to Improvised Explosive Devices or IEDs.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office (partnering with Cattaraugus County) received $20,000 for their Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program.

This grant is awarded to the law enforcement agencies in order to develop an explosive detection canine team or to enhance an already existing explosive detection canine team.

Cuomo said in a press release he feels New York has seen some of the nation’s worst disasters in recent years and this money will go a long way.