The Statewide Interoperability Advisory Council, formerly known as the Statewide Wireless Network Advisory Council, met to discuss the strategy moving forward after the M/A-COM contract was terminated in January 2009. The new strategy will focus on regionally-based statewide radio and data network systems for emergency first responders with state oversight.
New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology, Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart, and Harry J. Corbitt, Superintendent of the New York State Police, will serve as Co-Chairs of the Statewide Interoperability Advisory Council, formerly the Statewide Wireless Network.
During the meeting, New York State Chief Information Officer and Director of the Office for Technology, Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart announced Harry J. Corbitt, Superintendent of the New York State Police, will serve as Co-Chair of the Statewide Interoperability Advisory Council. The shared role better reflects the important combination of technical leadership and public safety operational leadership required to build successful public safety networks. In addition, the new name places greater emphasis on the need for New York State first responders to achieve interoperability across jurisdictions and across all levels of government.
“I am pleased Superintendent Corbitt has agreed to co-chair the Council with me,” Dr. Melodie Mayberry-Stewart said. “I believe greater participation by the State Police and all first responders will help ensure the needs of first responders across the state will be met and will help to successfully engage local agencies more thoroughly as we move forward to build cohesive and interoperable emergency radio networks. Governor David A. Paterson remains committed to having effective interoperable public safety systems for New Yorkers.”
Superintendent Harry Corbitt said, “The State Police welcomes the opportunity to join CIO/OFT to help lead the first responder community to build an interoperable radio network. This is about partnership and not ownership. Our goal is to ensure first responders statewide have state-of-the-art ability to respond to criminal incidents, natural disasters, or acts of terrorism.”