Salka: Protect 911 Funding

April 17, 2019

Assemblyman John Salka (R,C,Ref-Brookfield) is calling attention to Gov. Cuomo’s continued diverting of Federal Communications Commission funding for 9-1-1 calls. New York, along with Rhode Island and New Jersey are habitual diverters of this money which supports localities answering emergency calls. According to the latest FCC report, New York has diverted $170.9 million, accounting for 90% of its total funding and creating a serious public safety risk.

“Here we find another area where New York state leads in something where it should be last,” Salka said. “Now we lead the states in anti-business climate, property taxes, and diverting emergency 911 funding? This is solely at the feet of Gov. Cuomo. I respectfully call for the Gov. to restore this $170 million. This is about our family’s peace of mind. If you call 9-1-1, you expect a response. To put that in jeopardy just to pillage this money for some pet project downstate is simply foolhardy. We’re better than this.”