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Massena to spend up to $80,000 on security upgrades for library, museum and town hall


MASSENA - Using money from its most recent allocation of gaming compact funds, the town of Massena approved an expenditure of up to $80,000 last week for security upgrades at several town-owned buildings.

The project, which will be completed by NCCC Systems under state contract, includes $48,781.73 in work at the town hall, $15,810.89 at the library and $10,090.91 at the town museum.

Town Supervisor Joseph D. Gray said he feels like the investment would be money well spent.

“We need to upgrade some of the cameras at town hall, and we need to do away with key locks,” he said, suggesting the town switch to a card key system, which could grant people access to the rooms they need access to, while also controlling and monitoring that access.

Highway Superintendent Frank Diagostino said the project will also include the installation of panic buttons in several key locations throughout each building.

“It’s basically updating the cameras and adding panic buttons,” he said, adding a security system upgrade at the museum is badly needed.

After reviewing the details of the project, Mr. Gray said he was impressed with what modern technology now offers.

“The technology is pretty amazing,” he said.

Mr. Diagostino said the new cameras will be two to three megapixels each and provide high quality images that could be used to help with police investigations, if need be.

Councilman John F. Macaulay also said he was pleased to hear that the police department would be monitoring the security system.

Mr. Diagostino also said future security upgrades will be done at the airport, but paid for through a separate project with funding coming from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

“TSA (Transportation Security Administration) came last fall and recommended we do some upgrades,” he said.

When it came time to discuss funding for project, Councilman Albert N. Nicola, knew exactly where the money should come from.

“We need to use compact money,” he said. “Everyone else is spending it, why can’t we?”

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