Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP- Cortland/Tompkins) announced today that she helped secure $338,900 for Cortland County and $90,359 for Tompkins County for wireless E-911 system upgrades. The grants were approved by the New York State 911 Board and have been forwarded to the Dormitory Authority for review to ensure eligibility.
"People are increasingly relying on wireless phones in their daily lives. This funding will enable local dispatch centers to pinpoint emergency calls from wireless phones," Lifton said. "These grants are crucial to ensuring the safety of our residents – who will be able to receive help even if they are unsure of their location."
Emergency dispatchers are currently unable to trace wireless 911 calls to the location of the caller, sometimes leading to tragedy. Under the program, the state funding will be provided to local public safety answering points (PSAPs), sites designated and operated by local governments to receive wireless 911 calls, so they can finally upgrade their technology.
"It’s time for New York to join other states in implementing an enhanced wireless 911 system so that emergency personnel can quickly locate people in distress," Lifton said. "I will continue to help New Yorkers receive the life-saving services they need in an emergency."