Western New York will receive $5.47 million, or $1.8 million more in homeland security funding than it did last year under a federal program.

The award follows a meeting held Thursday between Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Fairport, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Charles Schumer.

Slaughter credited Chertoff’s visit to Buffalo last month with an increase in funding.

“We’ve worked hard to persuade DHS that Western New York deserved their fair share of Homeland Security dollars,” Slaughter said in a statement.

The funding is administered through the Urban Areas Security Initiative, a major homeland security funding program for large cities.

In January 2006, the department announced that the Buffalo area, which includes Niagara and Erie counties, would be phased out of the program.

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