New York State counties continue to expand their participation in regional partnerships and formalize their governance and operating procedures. Communication consortiums are not static; geographic boundaries of consortiums and participation are fluid and dependent on many factors, such as geographical locations, already developed agreements, and other factors.
Regional solutions for cross-jurisdictional communication are underway around New York State. Best practices and models among these jurisdictions can be incorporated within the strategic and tactical communications plans throughout the State. This is aimed at the single goal of achieving interoperable communications on a larger scale, and at the same time realizing expanded coverage for first responders.
Regional Interoperable Communications Consortiums
Adirondack Regional Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Glen Gosnell, Washington County
Counties: Albany, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, St. Lawrence, Warren, Washington
Capital Region Urban Area Working Group
Chairman: Kevin Spawn, Schenectady County
Counties: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie
Catskill Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Alex Rau, Sullivan County
Counties: Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Greene, Otsego, Putnam, Schoharie, Sullivan, Ulster
Central New York Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Joseph Plummer, Jefferson County
Counties: Broome, Cayuga, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence
Finger Lakes Region New York Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Steve DeChick, Ontario County
Counties: Allegany, Chemung, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Schuyler, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates
Hudson Valley Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Dana Smith, Dutchess County
Counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester
New York City Interagency Communications Consortium
Chairman: John Grimm, NYC OEM
Counties: Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, and five counties in NYC
Southern Tier East Regional Emergency Service Interoperable Communications Alliance
Chairman: Matthew Beckwith, Chenango County
Counties: Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Tioga, Tompkins
Western New York Interoperable Communications Consortium
Chairman: Kevin Hughes, Erie County
Counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming
2022 Communications Consortium Symposium & New York State 911 Coordinator's Conference
The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services' Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications will hold its annual Communications Consortium Symposium from May 2-5, 2022.
This is a combined effort of DHSES/OIEC and the 911 Coordinators Conference.
The location of this event is the Doubletree by Hilton, Niagara Falls, NY.
The symposium offers an agenda with topics that include:
• Monday, May 2: Cyber and RACES.
• Tuesday, May 3: General sessions devoted to a broad range of communications-related topics with presentations by consortium chairs; COMU Program and OIEC capability discussion; CASM refresh and FirstNet Update.
• Wednesday, May 4: 911 Coordinators Association Conference business meeting with presentations from OnStar and NICE; NENA/APCO meeting.
• Thursday, May 5: NYS 988 Update; NYSAC Update; Close of Conference.
For registration information, please reach out to the OIEC Program Office at 518-322-4911.
In 2015, New York State deployed Mutualink, an interoperability and collaboration program, to all counties across the State. The deployment of Mutualink made emergency incident collaboration technology available to all counties at no charge. By using this technology, key officials and centers in your County are able to share radio, video and other information with each other, other counties and the State.