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Friday, March 11, 2016

Allegany County Legislature seeks fairness in 911 funding

The Allegany County Legislature wants users of "pre-paid" cell phones to pay their fair share to 911 centers. It’s an issue that impacts all counties statewide. Currently, "pre-paid" phones don’t contribute to the 911 fund like traditional account-holders do. According to county leaders, it’s estimated at least 1/3 of all cell phones are “pre-paid” and do not pay the $1.20 state surcharge or the $.30 local surcharge. Lawmakers on Monday (3/14/16) will urge the Governor and state Legislature to fix the problem so county 911 centers are fairly funded.
Also on Monday, the Legislature will act on the following resolution:
RESOLUTION CALLING ON GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO AND THE
STATE LEGISLATURE TO PLAN FOR NEXT GENERATION 9-1-1 IN NEW YORK
STATE AND CREATE A NEW YORK STATE 9-1-1 DEPARTMENT THAT
SUPPORTS COUNTY PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINTS AND
ENHANCES LOCAL EMERGENCY DISPATCH SERVICES
RESOLVED:
            1. That the Allegany County Legislature calls upon Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the State Legislature and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to create a New York State 9-1-1 Department that best serves the public interest and supports Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) in New York State while continuing to allow the City of New York and the 57 counties outside of NYC to receive emergency 9-1-1 calls and dispatch emergency services in a manner that is most appropriately determined by those municipalities.
            2. That the Allegany County Legislature calls upon the State Legislature and the Governor to enable a State 9-1-1 Department that would:
           Provide funding;
           Issue RFPs and award contracts as necessary to support 9-1-1;
           Establish standards for 9-1-1;
           Apply for and distribute Federal Grant Funds;
           Coordinate and provide training for 9-1-1 directors, supervisors and call takers;
           Provide Public Education;
           Provide necessary networks to support 9-1-1 both in a legacy and NG 9-1-1 environment;
           Provide a Statewide ESInet to support interoperability within and outside of New York State;
           Create, maintain and distribute GIS databases;
           Create and maintain NG 9-1-1 and other appropriate databases to support 9-1-1 efforts;
           Provide and propose appropriate regulation / legislation / tariffs to support 9-1-1;
           Represent New York State in efforts to support and advance 9-1-1 at a national level including participating in events sponsored by NASNA, NENA, APCO and the FCC;
           Provide consultative services to PSAPs in NYS in regards to industry trends, products, techniques, and standards;
           Help manage Civil Service exams;
           Manage the TERT program;
           Provide legal expertise in 9-1-1 related matters;
           Serve as the liaison to 9-1-1 service providers (TELCOs, Wireless Carriers, TCCs, VoIP providers, CPE manufacturers, etc.);
           Provide coordination with the Public Service Commission and work closely with them on tariffs, legislation and other business as it pertains to the 911 field. 
           Provide for connectivity via the e-justice system to allow for the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP). 
The Legislature meets at 2 p.m. at the County Office Building.