ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state is providing $55 million in funding to improve emergency communications across the state.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that two grants will be awarded to counties statewide and to New York City. The Democrat says the funding will enhance the abilities of local governments to expand their communications systems and assist police, fire departments and other first responders.

The grants are administered by the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

The larger of the grants, $45 million, can be used by counties to fund implementation of new 911 technologies and installation of communications infrastructure.

The other $10 million in funding will be used by counties for their emergency call centers.

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