NY cities, towns to get $4.5M for homeland security

New York police line up near an abandoned subway station in a lower Manhattan to stage a drill simulating a terrorist attack Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in New York. Following the Nov. 13 terror attack in Paris and four days before New York's Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, emergency responders from the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Homeland Security participated in the drill. (New York Police Department via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Cities and towns around New York state will receive $4.5 million in federal funding to enhance anti-terrorism efforts and emergency preparedness.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced the funding.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Two million dollars will go to help local law enforcement agencies pay for equipment and training for responding to potential mass shootings.

Several cities and towns will receive up to $100,000 each under the program.

Another $2 million will support equipment and training for urban search and rescue operations. The final $500,000 will help several cities prepare for attacks at government-owned sites.

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