Congressman Lawler Secures Long Overdue Funding for Rockland Law Enforcement

January 24, 2024

By M. C. Millman

After calling for the release of more than ten million dollars in much-needed federal funding for local law enforcement, yesterday, Congressman Mike Lawler announced the release of the much-anticipated funding after years of bureaucratic delays. 

Congressman Lawler’s relentless push over many months included sending a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers as to why the promised funding was still being held in limbo and working together with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to demand that the feds stop dragging their feet when it comes to providing the funding Hudson Valley law enforcement with the millions they have long been owed.

“I am pleased that these Hudson Valley law enforcement agencies are finally receiving funds that the Department of Justice should have provided them in 2019,” said Congressman Lawler. “These local agencies dedicated thousands of hours and resources assisting with a historic takedown, but the DOJ had put them in a holding pattern…These long-overdue funds will go a long way to assisting our law enforcement officers in their critical work, from protecting our neighborhoods to tackling the opioid crisis. I will always have the backs of these heroes and will never stop fighting for the funding they need and are owed.”

Now that the red tape has finally been cut, the $1,829,706 in funding for the Rockland County Sheriff’s Office will go a long way toward providing staff and resources to combat crime and assist local law enforcement in keeping Rockland County residents safe.