Counties in the News, January 10, 2017
Tuesday's news from counties across the state.
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.
NYSAC 2017 Legislative Program
Funding 9-1-1 Services in New York State
NYSAC urges Cuomo to commit to continuing community college funding
Governor Cuomo Proposes New Voting Laws in State of the State (Video)
Between the Lines: Cuomo digging deeper hole for local governments? (Opinion)
Suffolk drafting law to help farmers sidestep court ruling
Gov. Cuomo confirms deal to close Indian Point nuclear power by 2021 (Video)
State of the State Day 2: Cuomo visits Westchester, LI
Albany lawmakers appoint former county DPW head to legislative seat
Snowmobile grant on Clinton Co. Legislature agenda
DEC officials don't support revising deer muzzleloader season
Future of The First Arena (Video)
Former Chemung County Legislator Dies
CENTRAL NEW YORK
Cayuga County legislators differ over future committee process
Did The Governor Snub Rochester During State of the State?
Seneca County Board of Supervisors: Supers seek to nix tax exemption for solar farms
N.Y. Court Rebuffs Casino Opponents
LIVINGSTON COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS REORGANIZES FOR 2017
WESTERN NEW YORK
A new look for the Buffalo Billion