NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Warning that lives are hanging in the balance, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on Tuesday called on the Bloomberg administration to release a detailed 216-page report analyzing the city’s 911 emergency response system.

“There’s no time to waste,” Stringer said. “We need to have the information that’s on this report. We don’t need court fights; we need to have an understanding of how we can make our 911 system better for all New Yorkers.”

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According to a report in the New York Post, at least one service outage over the weekend forced back-up systems to kick in so emergency calls could go through.

The city has already spent over $2 billion on system improvements and upgrades.

“The 911 system that is being reworked is already a billion dollars over budget and years behind schedule,” Stringer said. “In the meantime, everyone knows that we measure life in seconds when it comes to emergency response.”

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg notes response times and deaths from accidents and fires are each at the lowest they have ever been.

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“If this report can shed some light on some of the problems with the 911 system then we should we not delay in releasing this report,” Stringer said.

Bloomberg said the report will be released once it is ready.

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