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Lawmakers vote to fill gaps in Greene Co. 911 communications

Sep 23, 2019 2:15 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media Greene County lawmakers last week approved upgrades to a cell tower intended to improve communications for first responders. The new tower will be installed in Twilight Park, a historic district in Haines Falls. Lawmakers approved the first stage of the project at the cost of just under $94,000. The county Department of Emergency Services switched over to the new system last week. By using high-band frequencies, radio coverage has improved greatly in the county, Emergency Manager Specialist Daniel King said. He said the upgraded services will help everyone. “People will have better cell coverage when they call 911,” King said. AT&T and Sprint will lease the tower, with Verizon expected to join in 2020. The upgrade cost a total of about $2 million. Emergency medical services and law enforcement are already using the new radio system. Fire departments will make the switch on Oct. 9, King said. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.