The Town of North Hempstead has announced that the town has recently been awarded $20,991 in grant funding from FEMA’s Port Security Grant Program.
The funding will be used by North Hempstead’s Harbor Patrol to purchase new radios, infrared cameras and radiation detection equipment for the Town’s existing patrol boat.
“It is wonderful that FEMA is once again supporting the Town of North Hempstead’s Harbor Patrol unit in our efforts to modernize our equipment and further secure the waters within the Town’s jurisdiction,” said North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth. “This will go a long way toward ensuring the safety and protection of our residents, as well as those who use our waterways.”
This is the second Port Security Grant awarded to the town in the past two years. Last year, the town was awarded $294,531 to purchase a new patrol boat with modern communications systems and search and rescue equipment.
Together, the town’s new and existing patrol boats will now be outfitted with updated equipment that will enhance their operational and communication capabilities.
FEMA’s Port Security Grant Program provides funding to state, local and private-sector partners to help protect maritime security. Funding from the Port Security Grant Program in Fiscal Year 2021 totals $100,000,000 nationwide.
North Hempstead’s Division of Harbor Patrol is overseen by the town’s Department of Public Safety. North Hempstead’s Harbor Patrol currently monitors the waters of Little Neck Bay, Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Harbor, and parts of the Long Island Sound, and it partners with the United States Coast Guard New York Sector in protecting the Port of New York and New Jersey.