Ambulance Task Force to reconvene; grant application denied
Michael Ryan is reporting in the Wyndham Journal a special task force created to study emergency medical services in Greene County is ready to reconvene after a state grant for the consolidation of municipal ambulances was denied. It is expected to meet in early April, according to task force co-chairman Aidan O'Connor. The group was formed by the county Legislature in late 2013. Numerous discussions have taken place countywide since that time on issues related to the delivery of ambulance services. The task force eventually made a recommendation that the county adopt a unified system, administered by a non-profit entity and financed in large part by the county. Response to the recommendations by local officials was mixed, left the plan in limbo and was reportedly a major contributing factor in the state’s rejection of the county's application for $1 million in grant funding for the purchase of municipal ambulances and equipment. Legislator William Lawrence, a supporter of the consolidation, believes the emergency medical services landscape, as it now exists, will only worsen. Lawrence said, “I have no doubt, based on the Task Force discussions, that this is going to happen because it needs to happen for public safety." Read the full story in the Wyndham Journal.