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Schenectady County dispatch center to open today

Schenectady County dispatch center to open today

The Unified Communication Center in Rotterdam will open today, and the first round of dispatchers is

The Unified Communication Center in Rotterdam — a consolidation of various dispatch operations across the county — will open today, and the first round of dispatchers is set to move in next week.

Schenectady County legislators will join municipal leaders and public safety officials to celebrate the opening of the center at 2696 Hamburg St. at 11:30 a.m.

The move-in date for the first group of dispatchers was pushed back to Monday, May 19, said Joe McQueen, county spokesman.

While Niskayuna dispatchers were scheduled to move in first, Glenville dispatchers will now go first because Nisky Day is this weekend, he said. The plan is for Niskayuna’s dispatchers to follow the next week, then Schenectady and finally Rotterdam.

The long-discussed consolidation will save an estimated $673,000 annually — $245,852 for Schenectady, $149,509 for Glenville, $101,615 for Niskayuna and $176,657 for Rotterdam. Construction of the dispatch center was supported by a $1 million state grant awarded in 2009.

The center’s $2.87 million budget for May 1 through Dec. 31 was approved by the county Legislature last month. On Tuesday, it approved lease agreements with the towns of Rotterdam and Niskayuna that will allow for the installment of UCC radio equipment on the towns’ water towers.

The agreements are for five years, with three automatic five-year renewals, in line with the county’s 20-year lease of the dispatch center’s building.

The county will pay each town $1 per year to rent space on the towers.

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