Chautauqua County is expected to receive $171,295 in the Operation Stonegarden Program as part of this year's Homeland Security Grant Program Allocation.
The announcement came from U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.
The Operation Stonegarden Program provides funding to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, tribal, territorial, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies in a joint mission to secure the United States' borders along points of entry along international borders.
"Although it is sometimes overlooked, New York and especially the Western New York region, has an important international border, and highly-trafficked international ports of call. Today's announcement is another major step in ensuring that Western New Yorkers in are safe and secure," said Schumer. "I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the importance of this investment and has increased New York's funding share."
"We must always remain vigilant and make the right investments to keep our ports and borders secure," Gillibrand said. "These federal funds will support our law enforcement, giving them more of the tools and resources to protect this incredibly important economic hub, and keep our families safe."