State Announces Communication Grants

Counties can use for first responder equipment

New York State on Sept. 29 announced $45 million in grants to counties and New York City to improve emergency communications.

The grants are funded by a surcharge on cellular revenue. For fiscal year 2020, Dutchess will receive $558,267 and Putnam, $531,224.

On Oct. 12, the state also announced $7.4 million in federal funding would be distributed to county emergency management agencies for disaster prep. Dutchess will receive $113,604 and Putnam, $41,401.

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