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Hamilton County has received a $6 million grant to improve emergency radio communications in the county.

State officials announced Wednesday that the county was one of seven in New York that will split $32 million in funding to upgrade their radio communications. Hamilton was the only local county awarded money in this round of funding.

Hamilton County officials plan to use the money to add six new radio tower sites and upgrade three others in the rural, mountainous region and also add new radio channels.

The state had given $55 million to other counties around the state earlier this year for 911 and radio communications upgrades. Warren, Washington, Essex and Saratoga counties received millions of dollars of that money.

 "In emergency situations, it's critical that first responders have the resources they need to quickly and efficiently respond to calls for help," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a news release. "This funding will allow counties to continue to upgrade and improve their emergency communications systems and in the process create a stronger, safer New York for all."


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