Several Western New York communities will share over $1 million in federal funds aimed at assisting local public safety agencies with emergency responses to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Rep. Brian Higgins announced.
"For first responders, risk comes with the job, but this virus creates a whole new level of uncertainty," Higgins said in a statement Friday. "They dedicate themselves to protecting us and we need to make sure they have the resources to protect themselves and the community they serve," he added.
The funding was included in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that Congress passed March 27. Potential uses of the funding include the purchase of personal protective equipment for medical workers and law enforcement.
New York State will receive $17.2 million. Of that, Buffalo is slated to receive $713,149; Niagara Falls, $142,134; and Cheektowaga, $47,720.
Erie County and Niagara counties will each receive $58,008.