by Carlo Longino

Well, Maybe If They Hadn't Bought All Those Boots...

from the politics-as-usual dept

More than three a half years ago, news emerged that the fees the state of New York had been collecting from cell phone subscribers to implement E911 systems to locate emergency callers was being spent not on the systems, but on things like rubber boots and ballpoint pens. While most of the state now has E911 for mobile callers, fifteen counties still don't, and a new report alleges -- surprise, surprise -- that a lack of oversight on spending (via Textually) is to blame. While there are no juicy details of where the money the counties has received has been spent (assuming they did actually receive the fees that were collected), the ridiculousness of the story still stands. More than four years after cell phone users started paying the fees, these counties are still unable to offer the service. So despite all sorts of tough-sounding deadlines, E911 availability is still far from universal, even after all this time -- and collected fees.

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    Tricky, Dec 26th, 2006 @ 2:13pm

    I Love NY

    You just have to love NYS. Even the guy who is supposed to be the fiscal watchdog of the state is pleading guilty.

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    Anonymous Coward, Dec 26th, 2006 @ 3:09pm


    Figures. Our Comptroller, Alan Hevesi, just plead guilty to misusing state funds. Funniest thing is, we elected him knowing that he had done that!

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    ConceptJunkie (profile), Dec 26th, 2006 @ 4:19pm


    Corruption and incompetence by government? Whooda thunk?!

    Accountability is so 20th century...

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  4. icon
    Daniel (profile), Dec 27th, 2006 @ 4:32am

    They Don't NEED 911 services!

    Now that they've banned Trans Fats, they won't have any more emergencies. Everyone will be healthy, moral and safe thanks to the blessings of government intervention.

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