Southwestern CT may see more emergency funding

Sen. Joe Lieberman announced Monday that more homeland security money could be coming to emergency responders in southwestern Connecticut.

Lieberman said the area from Greenwich to Stratford will be eligible for increased federal funds as part of $300 million in Urban Area Security Initiative grants. Southwestern Connecticut is one of the 53 eligible mid-size regions in the country, Lieberman said.

The money can be used for communications systems for first responders or toward any situation that warrants emergency responses.

Lieberman emphasized it?s not just big cities that need homeland security funding, but areas like Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford are also vulnerable to natural disaster and terrorist attacks.

Exactly how much of the grant money southwestern Connecticut will get will be decided this summer.

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