NYSAC NYSAC Legislative Program includes call to strengthen 9-1-1
Advances in technology have made it increasingly expensive, and necessary, for 9-1-1 emergency dispatch centers to accommodate the expanding needs of callers, and to use the latest information systems for rapid emergency response. For counties that still face challenges with basic radio communication interoperability, these upgrades will take longer and be more complex. The cost of providing this level of service is borne by local taxpayers in the county where the PSAP is located.
The price tag in New York State for NG 9-1-1 is expected to be $2.2 billion over the next 10 years. Until counties have access to a dedicated revenue stream to help pay for system upgrades and new communications equipment, becoming NG 9-1-1 capable will still be out of reach for many areas.
This session, counties are seeking state legislation that will add the public safety surcharge to pre-paid cellular plans, direct more of the surcharge for its intended 9-1-1 purposes, and create a statewide 9-1-1 board that ensures our emergency response system can meet our public's need.