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Surplus computers get a reboot

One hundred computers once used by municipal workers in Rockland County, N.Y., will soon get a second life in the hands of schoolchildren and seniors attending Salvation Army programs.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day recently signed a resolution that authorized the donation of surplus computers to seven local organizations, including The Salvation Army. The organization’s Eastern Territorial Headquarters is in the Rockland County hamlet of West Nyack, N.Y.

“This surplus equipment will be of incredible benefit in numerous ways to these organizations and the Rockland residents they serve,” Day said. “I’m proud that, after recently upgrading the computers used by county employees, we could provide these computers to organizations in Rockland, which could put them to such good use.”

Paul Brennan, the Rockland County Division of Purchasing director, issued a public notice and request for expressions of interest for surplus computers. Umar Khan, director of information technology for the Salvation Army’s Greater New York Division, said he applied for and received 100 Dell 9020 i7 computers.

“We’re going to be replacing old lab computers that we have,” Khan said. “[The Dell computers] are going to go to almost every single corps we have. We’re seeing which computers need to be upgraded and we’re going to slowly go through those and upgrade them.

“It’s going to benefit all of our sites. The lab computers are basically for kids who use them for after-school programs and they’re going to benefit those programs mostly.”

Khan said Salvation Army senior programs may also receive some computers.

Day’s office said computers also went to Creative Response to Conflict, Inc.; Cyber Rescue/Rockland BOCES; Martin Luther King Multi-Purpose Center, Inc.; Meals on Wheels Programs and Services, Inc.; VCS, Inc.; and Strong Tower Christian Center/Centro Cristiano Torreon Fuerte.

by Robert Mitchell