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New York Communities Get Money For Homeland Security

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Cities and towns around New York state will receive $4.5 million in federal funding to enhance anti-terrorism efforts and emergency preparedness.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Two million dollars will go to help local law enforcement agencies pay for equipment and training for responding to potential mass shootings.

Several cities and towns will receive up to $100,000 each under the program.

Another $2 million will support equipment and training for urban search and rescue operations. The final $500,000 will help several cities prepare for attacks at government-owned sites.

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