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County’s new E-911 system expected to be up and running

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County’s E-911 system is expected to be up and running Monday and, so far, it appears to be a great improvement over the current system, according to county officials.

The system was developed as part of a five-county cooperative venture and is being used as a template statewide.

These five counties came together because the need for improvement in intra-county communication. “This really came together when they had the train derailment over in Central Square a few years ago,” Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said of the 2005 accident. “We had to involve a lot of agencies and no one could communicate with one another.”

The new system will link Oswego, Madison, Cayuga, Cortland and Onondaga counties. Onondaga County has had their system in operation for several months.

The new radios have been issued and some deputies have been undergoing training to come back and train the others.

“It’s unequivocally better,” Sullivan said.

As of Thursday, the transition from the old system to the new is expected to take place Monday, Sullivan said, although it does not need to be in operation until September.

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Undersheriff: Too soon to tell if jail pilot program is working

by Carol Thompson

Oswego County is one of several counties taking part in the state’s Orleans Project, which is an effort to alleviate jail overcrowding.

To date, it is not known whether the program will help the sheriff’s strapped budget.

“It’s a new program and it’s too soon to tell,’” Undersheriff Gene Sullivan said Friday.

The county began participating in the program a few months ago.

The goal of the state-run pilot program is to move parole violators, who have committed a technical violation, as opposed to another crime, out of the county jail and into a state prison within ten days of re-incarceration, which could help ease the population at the county’s Public Safety Center,

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View From The Fourth Floor: March 21, 2012

by Carol Thompson

Yesterday was St. Baldrick’s Day.

Representatives from across Oswego County were honored with a proclamation from the legislature at Thursday’s meeting.

Oswego County Undersheriff Gene Sullivan was one of the participants who went bald in support of kids with cancer.

The money raised from the event is used toward cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is second only to the U.S. Government in funding childhood cancer research.

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