07/18/2007

Feds give $1B to fix post-9/11 radio problems

By Delvin Barrett
The Associated Press
Related: Communications Interoperability

WASHINGTON, D.C. The government announced Wednesday it will distribute $1 billion to cities and states to fix communications problems that still plague police and fire departments almost six years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The biggest state recipients are California with $94 million, Texas with $65 million, and New York with $61 million.

The money goes directly to cities as well, with New York receiving $34.8 million and the Los Angeles/Long Beach area getting $22.3 million, according to Rep. Peter King, the senior Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez are to announce the awards Wednesday.

King, a sometimes critic of homeland security grant decisions, said that in this case "the department is moving in the right direction, but obviously New York still needs more."

Chertoff also plans to announce Wednesday a separate series of grants to cities considered at high risk of terrorist attacks.

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