Eighteen other municipalities currently receive information and technology support services from the Town of New Windsor. Now, the town is considering whether they want to continue or discontinue providing these services going forward.
The town website listed several of the following municipalities that the New Windsor IT Department began serving in 2009: Town of Blooming Grove, Town of Chester, Town of Cornwall, Village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Town of Crawford, Town of Highlands, Village of Harriman Police, Town of Monroe, Village of Monroe, Monroe Joint Fire District, Town of Newburgh Police, Town of Tuxedo, Village of Tuxedo Park, Vails Gate Fire Department, and Town of Woodbury Police.
According to Supervisor George Meyers, this specific topic has been discussed for several months amongst the board members. Cost discussions and additional data have also been discussed with the town’s comptroller who made the recommendation to increase the price per hour. In addition, several of the municipalities do not have an IT Department present.
“I guess, to me, it comes down to this, that either the price per hour to the municipalities that we do the work for increases from 100 to 135 or we get out of the business of providing this service to municipalities,” Meyers said. “The other issue is that we have three people in our IT department now and if we were to go forward we need another.”
John McDonald, Chief Information Technology Officer for New Windsor, joined the town board for their work session to address the IT topic and answer any questions from board members.“For the first seven months of this year, January 1 to July 31, we brought in $102,975 that is labor revenue,” McDonald said.
Should the town not wish to move forward with offering services, some type of notice would be distributed to those municipalities, according to Meyers. This item will return before the town board on the September agenda for a final vote and the town will work to see which way they go based on the vote. “We are not in the business to make money, right, we’re in the business to provide a service,” said Meyers.