911 Emergency Funds Diverted to Balance State Budgets

Monday, February 14, 2011

The New York State Capitol in Albany.

911 Emergency call systems across the country are in dire need upgrading to be compatible with satellite and cell phone technology. But for years, New York, along with nine other states, has been diverting hundreds of millions of dollars intended for improving 911 Emergency call systems to its general fund in an attemt to help balance the budget.

Bob Hennelly, reporter for Takeaway flagship station, WNYC Radio, brings us his report.


Bob Hennelly

Comments [2]

Anne from NJ

Some of this reporting has it backwards.

Should 911 ever respond to texting? Really? What response should be given when there is no conversation? (Dialogue)
Is it not the problem of land lines, it is the problem of the cell phones. I have never had a problem talking to someone on a land line; that is not the case with cell phones or wireless.

The question of stealing money from fund is another issue. I didn't hear if NJ was on the list, but recently Gov. Christy took tax on cable that was to be used to fund cable access for the poor in NJ to close the budget gap.

Feb. 18 2011 10:23 AM
Sally G from Bergen County, N.J.

I came here from an E-mail that commented that 911 operators sometimes lose calls from cell phones. That is deplorable, but to some extent the nature of the beast: cell phone transmission is just not as good as landline, which is why I REFUSE to give up my landline. That is being attacked in N.J., before 2:00 this afternoon, residents please see A3766, S2664.

Feb. 17 2011 07:51 AM

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