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Legislature Approves First-Responder Status for 911 Dispatchers Statewide

Posted 6/15/21

Thousands of 911 dispatchers working throughout New York may soon be classified as emergency first-responders, according to Brooklyn Assemblyman Peter Abbate, one of the prime sponsors of a bill giving them that status that was approved June 9 by both houses of the State Legislature.

"When you think about it, they are the first person to get the response," Mr. Abbate, who chairs the Committee on Governmental Employees, said during a June 14 phone interview. "People are calling into them and they are the first person to be really aware of what's going on, so we want to make sure they get proper credit."

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