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Schumer, Gillibrand announce border and port security funding

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The region’s ports and border areas will receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in new money to improve their security.

Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Cayuga and Oswego counties will receive a combined $617,022 through the Operation Stonegarden program, part of the Homeland Security Grant Program allocation. The program provides funding to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, state, and federal law enforcement agencies at various entry points along national borders.

In addition, the ports of Ogdensburg and Oswego have been allocated $151,540 through the Port Security Grant program.

The new funding was announced in a combined news release from U.S. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

“Although it is sometimes overlooked, New York, and Central and Northern New York especially, has a long international border, and highly-trafficked international ports of call. Today’s announcement is another major step in ensuring that Central New Yorkers are safe and secure,” Sen. Schumer said in a statement. “I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the importance of this investment and has increased New York’s funding share.”

For the Operation Stonegarden funding, St. Lawrence County will receive $280,000, Jefferson County will receive $136,498,Cayuga County will receive $99,723 and Oswego County will receive $100,801.

The Port of Ogdensburg will receive $131,625 for the port security program, while the Port of Oswego will receive $19,915.

“We must always remain vigilant and make the right investments to keep our ports and borders secure,” Sen. Gillibrand said in the combined news release. “These federal funds will support our law enforcement, giving them more of the tools and resources to protect these incredibly important economic hubs, and keep our families safe.”

Of the $55 million in allocations for the national Operation Stonegarden program, New York is set to receive $1,707,382.

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