Paterson Cuts Cord on Wireless Network for Emergency Crews

Move ends delay-ridden project

Gov. David Paterson pulled the plug on a delay-ridden $2.1 billion deal that would have provided wireless communication capabilities for state emergency workers.

Thursday's report in The New York Times said the project was originally planned in 2005, and would have connected first responders across the state.

A letter obtained by the Times included a 10-page report that highlighted a variety of shortcomings on the part of M/A-COM, a subsidiary of Tyco Electronics that was assigned the task of building the network.

As the state faces a growing financial crisis, Paterson ended the project, which had already cost the state $50 million, according to the Times report.

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