Mahoning, Shenango valley law enforcement agencies get federal stimulus money

Eighteen area law enforcement agencies are eligible to receive about $1.37 million from the federal stimulus package to help fund the hiring and retention of officers and for crime-fighting programs.

Today’s announcement on law enforcement funding is the latest — the fourth this week — from President Barack Obama’s administration about where money from the $787 billion stimulus package is going.

Youngstown is the primary beneficiary of the law enforcement money in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys. The city is to receive $593,931.

It’s good news for the city that’s facing a projected $3.39 million deficit for this year. But more work needs to be done.

“The funds will most likely be used as part of our effort to avoid or minimize layoffs,” said Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams. “However, in order to accomplish this goal, it will also require cooperation from the police union. We intend to again request a meeting with them next week to explore options to do the same.”

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