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      New York State funds bulletproof vests for police

      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.