ALBANY, N.Y. – Local counties have been awarded part of $10 million in state funding designated to support 911 dispatch operations.
The aid will help emergency response centers cover expenses and upgrade technology and services at the facilities. This could include implementing 911 text messaging or improvements to the geo-location process.
"These funds help recipients make important upgrades such as text-to-9-1-1 and implement other next-generation 9-1-1 technology so they're ready to handle calls for help and to dispatch first responders immediately," said Patrick A. Murphy, Commissioner of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. "Since 2014, the state has distributed approximately $60 million to help our local partners improve their public safety answering point capabilities."
The following funds were awarded locally:
- Herkimer County: $201,336
- Oneida County: $168,751
- Otsego County: $205,304