December 14, 2009

Gillibrand Announces Final Congressional Passage Of $200,000 To Strengthen Emergency Communications In Oswego County

Federal Dollars Will Be Used For Oswego County Interoperable Communication System

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced that both houses of Congress passed the FY2010 Omnibus Appropriations bill, including $200,000 for the Oswego County Interoperable Communication System. Senator Gillibrand aggressively lobbied members of the Appropriations Committee to include funding for the project in this year's spending bill.

"In this day and age, it is vital that our communities have the technology they need to respond to emergencies," said Senator Gillibrand. "These federal dollars will go a long way to ensure that Central New York has the tools they need to respond to local public safety requests while freeing up 911 lines for major emergencies.  I will continue to work hard to ensure that New York receives its fair share for our first responders."

Oswego County will receive $200,000 for an interoperable emergency communications system that will allow first responders from different agencies to share the information they need for everyday missions as well as major disasters. The network of wireless towers extends reliable, secure communications service across remote areas, ensuring the emergency personnel have confidence that they are receiving complete, current information while they are on the scene.

The U.S. Senate passed the Omnibus Appropriations bill over the weekend. With final passage, the bill now goes to the President to become law.