- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Power Authority has invested $3.5 million to expand cell service in an upstate New York county.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (https://bit.ly/1O7m0DT ) that NYPA (NYE’-puh) and Verizon made an agreement to install new communications equipment on three towers along Route 30 in southern Schoharie County, between Middleburgh and Grand Gorge.

The project aims to improve the area’s cell service and ensure more reliable communications in the event of a major storm like Irene in August 2011.

NYPA President Gil Quiniones says the project has been “several years in the making.”

A third tower will be built in Gilboa to go along with the two existing ones in Blenheim and Breakabeen. The Power Authority has awarded a $500,000 contract to Centerline Communications to build the 260-foot tower.

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