Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday that $55 million in state grant funding has been awarded to counties statewide and the City of New York to enhance emergency communications. 

The money will go toward improving infrastructure, buying and upgrading equipment and training first responders. 

"In an emergency, every second counts and these funds will help ensure our first responders have access to the best and most up to date communications equipment, enabling them to get the information they need to quickly respond," Governor Cuomo said. "These grants will bring up one step closer to a stronger, safer and more secure New York for all."

Monroe County will receive $1.7 million, the largest individual amount awarded in Upstate New York.

"These newly anticipated funds will go towards our efforts to enhance the County’s radio system. This will include the building of antennas and the acquisition of portable and mobile radios. All of these upgrades will help to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all Monroe County residents," said Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo.