Northern New York counties are among those receiving Operation Stonegarden funds for strengthening security along the Canadian border, Congressman Bill Owens’ office has announced.
St. Lawrence County is slated to receive $411,735. The St. Regis Mohawk Police Department is set to receive $267,917.
In April, Owens says he pressed the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee for access to security funding for New York’s northern border.
Operation Stonegarden aims to strengthen the joint mission among federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies to secure the United States borders.
The original fiscal year 2011 budget proposal requested funding for counties only along the nation’s southwest border. Owens was joined by a bipartisan group of New York Members of Congress in urging the committee to open eligibility for funding for all 12 northern New York border counties.