ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Federal funds are helping to purchase nearly 3,000 bulletproof vests for 150 police departments in New York.
Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say the $635,000 in aid will split the cost of buying the vests with local police agencies.
The grants vary by county, city, town and village. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department will get enough money to buy up to 245 vests, the Niagara Frontier Transit Authority will be able to buy as many as 33, Rochester city police will get up to 125 and Yonkers police will get up to 80.
Schumer co-sponsored the U.S. Justice Department's Bulletproof Vest Partnership program, which was approved in 1998.
The federal government has provided $277 million to buy 800,000 vests nationwide since then.
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