Updated: 08/04/2014 11:16 PM
Created: 08/04/2014 6:52 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press
New York's attorney general is giving police agencies in 23 counties across the state nearly $580,000 to help buy new or replacement bulletproof vests.
The first awards in the program, using funds from criminal and civil forfeitures, include $157,000 for 375 vests in Erie County, more than $90,000 for 234 in Monroe County and $160,000 for 272 vests in Albany County.
In June, Schneiderman pledged $3.5 million from forfeitures to help outfit police statewide to fill the funding gap in a federal grant program.
A spokesman for the attorney general says the office is set to approve about $2.8 million in matching funding to 147 agencies statewide to buy more than 7,800 vests.