ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) - Fifty seven counties in New York have been awarded $100 million to improve emergency communication networks throughout the state.

The $100 million in funding will be administered by the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) under two different grants: $90 million from SICG Formula grants and $10 million for Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) grants.

The governor's office says both grants directly enhance emergency response capabilities of local public safety agencies and improve the interoperability of communication systems across the state.

The governor's office says these programs help cities and towns in enhancing their emergency response capabilities by investing in public safety communications networks.

"This funding is critical to strengthening New York's emergency response capabilities, in situations where every second counts," Governor Hochul said. "We are laser focused on making smart investments in public safety across the state and these grants will be a significant boost for local governments working around the clock to keep New Yorkers safe."  

The governor's office also says that the money will be used to install new radio equipments at towers and antenna sights.

Locally, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tioga, and Tompkins Counties will receive funding.