Nassau County (N.Y.) Legislature Withdraws Proposed Alarm Ordinance


The Nassau County, N.Y., legislature recently considered an ordinance that would have required alarms to be transmitted directly to local police departments instead of through a privately operated alarm monitoring system.

The proposed ordinance met opposition from Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) members, the Board of Directors of the Long Island Alarm Association (LIAA), and local alarm companies. Andy Lowitt, vice president of Lowitt Alarms & Security Systems Inc. met with Nassau County Police Inspector Lawrence Mulvey to discuss possible changes to the plan. Instead, the legislation was withdrawn completely, which was the best-case scenario, according to Lowitt.

Lowitt tells SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION that if the ordinance had not been withdrawn or voted down by the legislature, it would have potentially jeopardized the jobs of 3,000-4,000 alarm company employees throughout the country.

The Police Commissioner informed Lowitt that they would not be pursuing the legislation any further after hearing the concerns of the alarm industry. Lowitt suggests others in the industry take a parallel approach if similar ordinances are introduced in their cities.

“Stay in touch with your local AHJs and lawmakers,” he tells SSI. “Keep your eyes on the legislative calendars to see if any proposed legislation affects your business or industry. Stay organized and call on your local alarm associations, CSAA, SIAC, etc. to help.”

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