FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2009
SCHUMER ANNOUNCES OVER $2.3 MILLION TO ROCHESTER TO PREVENT AND RESPOND TO TERROR ATTACKS
Today U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allocate a total of $2,314,601 to the Rochester area under the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI). The UASI Grants are part of the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) designed to enhance the ability of state, territory, local and tribal governments to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters. The UASI programs provide funding to select high-threat, high-density urban areas that are at high risk for terrorist attack to help them prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism.
“Rochester has extensive security needs and the burden shouldn’t be placed on local tax payers to foot the whole bill,” Schumer said. “This funding will help reduce the financial burden and allow our local law enforcement to deal with terrorism and at the same time deal with equally important day to day duties. Providing anti-terrorism funding to Rochester is essential to deterring a future terrorist attack and I will continue to fight on behalf of all New Yorkers to ensure we get our fair share.”
The Rochester metropolitan area is home to a number of critical and potentially vulnerable terrorist targets. The Ginna Nuclear Power Plant is located just a few miles to the east of downtown Rochester. With the Greater Rochester International Airport and the Port of Rochester on Lake Ontario, the city is a major center for international travel as well as a regional hub. Rochester is also a major center for biotechnology and healthcare research, as well as a provider of precision machine tools critical to the U.S. economy. These vital assets are far from immune to terrorist threats, qualifying Rochester as one of the 62 urban areas in the United States that the DHS deems high-risk. This funding is well deserved and will help to address our security needs in the region
The funding will be administered as follows:
· $2,314,601 through the Urban Areas Security Initiative awards program which focuses on enhancing regional preparedness in major metropolitan areas. The UASI program is intended to assist participating jurisdictions in developing integrated regional systems for prevention, protection, response, and recovery.
The Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) guidance is a single, combined solicitation that includes FY 2010 funding distributed under five separate HSGP component programs. The HSGP was appropriated $1,891,000,000 in FY 2010. The Department is allocating $1,815,359,956 for HSGP grants. Of this amount, $832,520,000 will be distributed through UASI grants.
The core mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to enhance the ability of state, territory, local and tribal governments to prepare for, prevent, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks and other disasters. The HSGP is a primary funding mechanism for building and sustaining national preparedness capabilities. Per the 9/11 Act and the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act of 2009 (Public Law 110-329), states are required to ensure that at least 25 percent of their UASI award funds are dedicated towards law enforcement terrorism prevention activities.