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March 3, 2013

Essex, Clinton counties to get millions in state grants



In Essex County, the money will be used for software, tower antennas, network switches, wiring and mobile radios, among other things, Jaquish said.

“We can use this for multiple parts of the radio project. This is much-needed funding.”

He said the application had to list each piece of equipment they needed, its cost and why it was being requested.

The program is designed to improve first-responder communications and to promote a network with state agencies like the State Police and the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

It was set up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when various New York City and state agencies could not communicate with each other on their various radio systems.

Essex County is building a $17 million digital public-safety communications system starting this spring to replace an outdated analog system that’s more than 50 years old.

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