Broome Municipalities Get Homeland Security Grants
Several local governments are getting federal money to help protect the public from everything from bombs to cyber attack.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced nine-million dollars in federal funding awards through the State Homeland Security Program to 77 cities, towns, villages and counties in the form of seven specific public safety grants.
The Village of Endicott is getting $83,333 for its bomb squad. The money is to go toward equipment and training.
Broome County is getting $107,900 for its Hazardous Materials Team to sustain and enhance HazMat response capabilities in the event of emergencies. The money can be used by regions to buy and maintain essential equipment, conduct training and exercise and develop and update their HazMat response plans.
Tompkins County is being awarded $46,170 in a Cyber Security Program grant to enhance the ability to protect, detect, identify, respond and recover from cyber incidents.
The City of Binghamton is getting $15,000 under the Explosive Detection Canine Team Grant Program to help develop and enhance programs using police dogs to locate explosive devices.
The City of Ithaca is getting $75,000 under the Tactical Team Targeted Grant Program. That money is supporting New York State’s tactical teams providing them with skills to respond to high-risk incidents including active shooter events.
In addition to the specific training and equipment that can be funded under the grants, Governor Hochul says the grants will also be used to protect and secure critical infrastructure, mass gathering events and enhance the cyber security capabilities of local governments.
The State Division of Homeland Security ad Emergency Services previously distributed about $81.9 million to the programs.