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City Unveils Sanitation Mobile Command Centers for Staten Island

By Nicholas Rizzi | December 5, 2013 6:28pm
 The three centers will be for Staten Island, Brooklyn and one citywide center.
Department of Sanitation Mobile Command Centers
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ST. GEORGE — The city unveiled on Thursday a new mobile command center for the Department of Sanitation to help Staten Island in emergencies or disasters.

The command center, funded by Borough President James Molinaro, has Internet, televisions, generators and more to serve as an operations hub for Sanitation during disasters or snow storms.

"It's something we always wanted in the department, but I never realized how important it was until we got hit with Sandy and we saw all the destruction we had in Staten Island," said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

"[Now] you got some place where people can sit down, get organized, and give orders," Doherty said.

The command centers, which costs $350,000 each, also has multiple workstations, a meeting room, and a remote-controlled camera on top.

"It's one of the most modern ones made," Molinaro said.

The center unveiled on Thursday will service the whole city, and the Sanitation Department currently has two more being built, one to serve Staten Island and the other to serve Brooklyn, funded by Borough President Marty Markowitz.