© 2024 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Erie County Unveils Video-Conferencing Technology

By Allison Ogorek

Buffalo, NY – Erie County's is getting a high-tech makeover.

County Executive Joel Giambra unveiled a new video conferencing system Monday. It will primarily be used by the county's criminal justice system for attorney/client conferences, arraignments and some pre-trial proceedings.

Video conferencing was originally recommended in the "Who Does What Commission" report two years ago. President and CEO of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, Andrew Rudnick, said it could save taxpayers up to $600,000 a year.

"This is a no-brainer," Rudnick said. "This has a huge return on investment. It improves the quality and integrity of the judicial services that are being delivered, and it's part of a commitment of improving the way local governments function and relate to each other and making those improvements be as cost-effective as possible so that we can lower our taxes."

The will be operational at six sites: Family Court, Probation, the Holding Center, the Correctional Facility, City Court and the Rath Building.