posted on November 20, 2013 07:28
Genesee County will meet the deadline for its new multi-million dollar emergency radio system.
The county is shifting its police, fire and public works radios to an all digital system.
Sheriff Gary Maha says it will be ready to go by February 10th.
The new system will make obsolete all those radio scanners that people have been using for years to listen to police and fire calls.
Maha announced this week that a new scanner will hit the private market in January that will pick-up the new transmissions.
The device is expected to sell for about $500.
The county’s new radio system was paid for with a $8-million federal grant.
And speaking of cash for cops, a state grant of $20,000 is headed to Genesee County.
This grant will buy video equipment for the Batavia, LeRoy and Corfu police departments and the sheriff’s office.
The equipment will be used to record suspects during interrogations.
State Assembly Republicans are holding a series of forums into the state’s new Common Core testing program.
The first forum was held last night in Akron.
Batavia High School teacher Lorraine Gammack worries about her students, children with severe disabilities:
"In the 2013-14 school year a high school aged student, severely handicapped, will take 28 state assessments.They will do 14 baseline assessments and 14 post assessments."
Scott Martzloff is the former Superintendent of the Byron-Bergen school district. He is now the superintendent for Williamsville Central.
He is concerned about what happens to the information collected on the common core tests:
"What happens to the data in the future? Does it become part of a national tracking database or could it be sold someday to another company or advertisers? Could the data be held against a student later in life when applying for college or a job?"
The state legislators who organized last night’s meeting will hold another session in Rochester.
Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed is having more tax issues. Reed's law firm was late in paying a 15-hundred-dollar tax bill this fall, marking the 39th time he has been late on a payment in the last decade. The Republican is a member of the tax writing Ways and Means Committee, making the tax issue an easy target for his Democratic opponent next year.