- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has given $10 million to local communities to upgrade and support 911 dispatch systems.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the grant on Wednesday. The money will go to 57 counties plus New York City.

Albany County will get the largest single amount, a grant of more than $233,000. New York City will receive $214,000.

The funds are intended to go to technology upgrades and can also be used to cover day-to-day expenses incurred at 911 dispatch centers, which are typically run by counties.

Cuomo, a Democrat, says every second counts in an emergency and that the grants will ensure dispatchers have the technology and support they need to improve emergency response.

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