NYS Cities, Towns to Get $4.5M for Homeland Security

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -

Cities and towns across 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. Nearly half of that amount, $2 million, will go to help local law enforcement agencies pay for equipment and training that will enhance their ability to respond to potential mass shootings.

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