Owens Announces Panel Approval of Funding Requested for Oswego County Emergency Communications

WASHINGTON – The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science recently approved Congressman Bill Owens’ funding request for a project to enhance emergency operations communication in Oswego County. The funds requested will assist in the replacement of an existing Land Mobile Radio system, which supports all first responders in Oswego County, with a new system meeting federal standards for interoperable communication.

“I am pleased this critical project that I requested was included in the subcommittee’s recommendation for 2011 law enforcement and security operations,” said Owens. “This project will ensure that Oswego first responders are able to effectively communicate with each other, which is critical to keeping our communities safe. Our men and women in uniform risk their lives every day for us and I am glad that we have taken a step in the direction of helping to improve their technology.”

Oswego County has signed a five-county memorandum of understanding with Onondaga, Cortland, Cayuga and Madison Counties to cooperatively plan and build a regional, interoperable communications system. Counties are often faced with disasters and emergency management operations that affect multiple agencies across several municipal entities. The funding requested will assist in building a modern communication system across the region.

“This is only the first step in the process, but we are fortunate to clear the first hurdle in securing this funding,” added Owens. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure this project moves along and is approved by the president.”

Now that the subcommittee has approved the funding, it must also be approved by the full committee before it can be brought to the House floor for a vote. Once the bill is passed in the House, it must then be approved by the Senate before it can be considered by the president.