Donovan Announces $319.85M in Homeland Security Grants to Protect New York
Washington, DC – September 7, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11), who chairs the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications, today announced that New York was awarded $319,852,618 in federal funds through the Homeland Security Preparedness Grant programs for Fiscal Year 2017. The funding includes hundreds of millions of dollars for New York City through various grants and programs, including the Urban Area Security Initiative, Nonprofit Security Grant Program, Port Security Grant Program, and Transit Security Program.
Congressman Donovan said, “Ensuring that New York City has the resources it needs to prevent and respond to natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other emergency situations is critical to protecting our communities. These funds will provide the NYPD, FDNY, and NYC Transit and emergency management authorities with funding that will enhance our safety and security here at home. As the top terrorist target in the globe, New York City faces unique security challenges, and I will always fight to ensure that our first responders have the tools necessary to address any threat.”
Donovan has made it a priority during his time in Congress to improve national security defenses by advocating strongly for Homeland Security Preparedness Grant programs funding for NYC. Earlier this year, Congressman Donovan led a bipartisan letter with Congressman Pascrell and 110 of their colleagues to call for increased funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program, which provides support to at-risk nonprofit institutions, including Jewish Community Centers (JCC), churches, and other cultural and community institutions, against threats and attacks.
Last year, Donovan helped lead the fight to reverse proposed cuts under the Obama Administration to the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), which provides hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-terror funding, including $180 million to New York City, to high-risk jurisdictions. UASI funds are used to support NYC’s anti-terror and emergency preparedness equipment and programs, including the NYPD's Critical Response Command, FDNY’s active shooter response training, and radiological detection tools.
The Homeland Security Preparedness Grant programs provide funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as transportation authorities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector, to improve the nation’s readiness in preventing, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating terrorist attacks, major disasters and other emergencies.
A full list of funding to New York City and State can be found below: