Ohio cities to get $32.7 million in Homeland Security funds

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ohio's three largest cities will get $32.7 million to safeguard against possible terrorist attacks, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday.
Cincinnati will receive $12.7 million, Cleveland will get $10.5 million and Columbus will get $8.7 million.
The Ohio cities were on a list of 50 high-risk areas that will get part of $675 million in new funding for the federal fiscal year that started Oct. 1.
Funding was awarded to cities based on size, population density, the presence of critical infrastructure and threat information.
New York City and Chicago topped the list with $47 million and $34 million, respectively. Other cities with large grants included Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will get an additional $800,000 from a pot of $50 million for transportation systems.
"RTA will be able to use this much-needed federal funding to install physical barricades, video surveillance cameras, chemical detection equipment or other features designed to enhance security," said Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Madison Republican who is chairman of the House subcommittee on economic development, public buildings and emergency management.
This is the second round of grants made available to Cleveland and Cincinnati, which received $13.7 million in funding in May.
Sen. George Voinovich had asked the Homeland Security Department why it didn't include Columbus on that list.
"These funds are a part of that partnership and will help give our first responders the tools they need," said Voinovich, R-Ohio.
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