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County announces consolidation effort

Cohoes and Watervliet to transfer 911 answering duties to the county

County Executive Dan McCoy announced a consolidation effort regarding 911 answering services on Tuesday, March 27.

County Executive Dan McCoy announced a consolidation effort regarding 911 answering services on Tuesday, March 27. Submitted Photo

— “No decisions as of yet but we’re looking at it,” said Clarkson. “It’s really too early to get very specific but obviously a positive is, if we could get service that works there are, in many people’s views, great potential for savings which is why we’d want to look at it. But we want to ensure that the service is acceptable and the systems work together.”

Clarkson said he’s talking to officials in Cohoes and Watervliet to see how the consolidation is working out for them so far. Bethlehem has 12 dispatchers and Clarkson said if a consolidation with the county were to occur, he hopes most of those employees would transfer over to work under the county.

“We’re not committed either way or another. We’re open to it, we’re actively looking at it, but we’re not that far along yet,” said Clarkson.

Creating a centralized, countywide dispatch center could also improve emergency efforts in the event of a large-scale event, said Rozak.

“When something happens on a larger scale you’re not trying to get in touch with 19 separate dispatch systems. … We’re the one-stop shopping where everyone goes and also improves communication efforts,” said Rozak.

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