Body cameras, buses and bridges: Rep. John Katko’s $65M wish list for CNY

Katko’s requests for community project funding include $1 million for renovations to the emergency operations center in Onondaga County, $500,000 for a Great Lakes coastal resiliency study and $140,000 to help the Syracuse Police Department purchase 14 body-worn cameras. 

He is also seeking $750,000 for Catholic Charities in Syracuse to establish a housing services center, which would provide 80 beds for homeless men, six apartments for frail homeless men and office space for about 40 employees. The center would also have on-site health and mental health services. Oswego County would get $750,000 to upgrade and expand the water treatment facility in the village of Phoenix. 

The other requests include: 

• $256,000 for Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center in Syracuse to acquire equipment and software for an electronic medical record system. 

• $250,000 for the Oswego County Department of Social Services to implement a “Rides to Recovery” program, which would reimburse drivers who transport residents seeking mental health care, addiction treatment, or other services. 

• $180,000 for Newark-Wayne Community Hospital to purchase 14 defibrillator units

• $160,000 for the village of Aurora to replace aging intake pipe and pumps at the Wells College water plant

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