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March 27th, 2013

NY Dept. of Homeland Security awards grant

GOSHEN - Orange County Executive Edward A. Diana and Emergency Services Commissioner Walter C. Koury recently announced that the County has been awarded a $5,998,000 grant from the New York State Division of Homeland Security, Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications. This funding is designated from the Round 2 Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant (SICG), of which there is no cost share associated to the County.

"These funds will be used to upgrade Orange County’s communication infrastructure," said County Executive Diana. "This will improve the County’s public safety capabilities helping us keep residents safer."

These upgrades will include additional tower sites, a new simulcast microwave system, and connectivity with neighboring counties via the National Emergency Channels.

"The basis for a good communications system is a solid foundation," said Allen J. Wierzbicki, Deputy Commissioner Orange County Emergency 911. "These infrastructure improvements will provide a reliable and stable foundation in which Orange County can continue to build on. It will also provide for our communications needs well into the future."

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