Sharing of E911 Funds
NY State charges every single cell and wireless phone user $1.20 a month in a 911 surcharge. These funds were supposed to go to upgrade and maintain the county's Public Safety communications, 911 and emergency dispatch centers.
Instead, these funds go into the NY State general fund. Your 911 funds are being spent on hotel rooms, new staff cars, clothing, dry cleaning and anything else the state wants to take the money for.
Meanwhile, the 911 Dispatch Centers that the public relies on for fire, law enforcement and emergency medical services rot away because the counties can't afford to keep up to date with current technology or sometimes even maintain them.
This is an outrage! The NY State government is willing to put you and your families at risk so they can keep spending. All 911 funds should stay in the local counties where the money is collected. Now, the counties have to compete for a fraction of all the money collected, and you're supposed to be grateful if you get any of your own money back to work for you in your community. This should be criminal.
Sign this petition and tell NY that our families are worth more than their out of control spending habits. When the next disaster strikes, and you call 911, it needs to work, everytime.
Support, share and forward this petition. Public Safety can't be a political ploy used to tax us under a lie to pay for the outrageous spending in Albany!