By Rich Lamb

NEW YORK (AP / WCBS 880) – New York City officials are promising $100 million in savings over the next five years, thanks to a centralized new data center in downtown Brooklyn.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports from Brooklyn

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and others opened the center Monday. They claim the 18,000 square-foot facility will centralize the technology infrastructure of 19 agencies over the next year. They say within five years, more than 40 agencies will use the site.

Bloomberg says by reducing the IT work done by individual city agencies, workers will be able to focus more on quality of life issues for city residents.

“Saving $100 million is equivalent to having the money to hire 1,500 new teachers; 1,300 police officers, or 1,400 firefighters,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

The city currently operates dozens of unique data centers across the five boroughs.

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