Supervisor BREH, CALLERY and ARGOTSINGER offered the following Resolution and moved its adoption:


WHEREAS, H.R.1629 and its U.S. Senate companion bill, also known as the "911 SAVES" Act, directs the U.S. Office of Management and Budget to reclassify public safety telecommunicators from "Office and Administrative Support Occupations" to the category of "Protective Service Occupations"; and

WHEREAS, the federal government's Standard Occupational Classification System (SOCS) sorts workers in occupational categories for statistical purposes, according to the nature of the work performed and, in some cases, on the skills, education, or training needed to perform the work; and

WHEREAS, America's 9-1-1 telecommunicators are currently incorrectly categorized in the SOCS as an "Office and Administrative Support Occupation", a category which includes secretaries, office clerks, and taxicab dispatchers; and

WHEREAS, classifying public safety telecommunicators as "Protective Service Occupations" alongside police, firefighters, security guards, lifeguards, and others whose job it is to protect our communities, would better reflect the work they perform, and align the SOCS with related classifications systems; now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors hereby encourages all members of the New York Congressional delegation to support H.R. 1629, the Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services Act of 2019 (911 SAVES ACT), which would direct the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to re-reclassify public safety telecommunicators as a "Protective Service Occupation"; and, be it further

RESOLVED, That certified copies of this Resolution be forwarded to the County Treasurer, Sheriff, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Representative Elise Stefanik, NYSAC, Budget Director/County Auditor and Administrative Officer/Clerk of the Board.

Seconded by Supervisor BORN and adopted by the following vote:
Total: Ayes: 19 Nays: 0 Absent: 1 (Supervisor Howard)


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