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Y2K GLITCH DISABLES PHONES ALONG NORTHWAY

Emergency phones along the Adirondack Northway have been out all month with a year 2000-related problem, and state police don't know when they will be repaired.

The decade-old emergency system consists of phones set up every two miles along a roughly 60-mile stretch of the highway in the Adirondack Park. When the phones worked, drivers needing assistance could lift the receiver to be connected directly to the State Police Troop B Headquarters in Ray Brook.

The phones stopped working with the new year because they weren't Y2K-compliant, Lt. Donald Romanchuk of Troop B said Wednesday.

State police used to get 30 to 50 calls a month from people needing help, said Sgt. Bradley Fletcher, Troop B communications supervisor. Some people had been in accidents or had seen fires. Others had disabled cars. Some were just lost.

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