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Mount Vernon Dedicates Millions To Outfit First-Responders With New Tech

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas with some of the city's first-responders.
Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas with some of the city's first-responders. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Mount Vernon officials have pledged more than $4 million to outfit first-responders with the equipment needed to help keep the city’s citizens safe.

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas announced on Wednesday that the city’s Board of Estimate and Contract passed several bonds that will enable investments in the city’s public safety.

According to Thomas, these major investments in the men and women that keep Mount Vernon safe. The investments include fleet vehicles; an upgraded, modern communications system; and body cameras.

“After over twenty months of refusing to move on equipment and technology requests for the Mount Vernon Police and Fire Departments, the City Council and Comptroller Maureen Walker have finally joined Mayor Thomas in putting forth these critical initiatives,” his office said in a statement announcing the investments.

“Mayor Thomas thanks Mount Vernon's first-responders for enduring the under-investment of past administrations and their commitment to working through the challenges of having to do more with less.”

The investments include:

  • Police and fire communications systems for $712,700;
  • Fire truck and command vehicle for $683,400;
  • Police radios, equipment, software and vehicles for $653,200;
  • A fire truck for $637,500;
  • The acquisition and construction of HVAC improvements for $637,500;
  • Police body cameras for $551,400;
  • Technology improvements to the city’s camera system for $493,310; and
  • Public Works communications system for $208,950.

The total investments approved by the Mount Vernon Board of Estimate and Contract totals $4,577,960.

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