Local agencies get compensation

The Gloversville Fire Department, the Montgomery County Jail and the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department are among the agencies receiving compensation after the state reached a $2.4 million settlement with a medical waste disposal company that improperly overcharged government entities, according to a news release from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

The Gloversville Fire Department will receive $1,371; the Montgomery County Jail will receive $1,799; and the Ephratah Volunteer Fire Department will receive $3,290, according to the news release.

Schneiderman announced a $2.4 million settlement with the company, Stericycle Inc.

The company overcharged nearly 1,000 police and fire departments, rescue squads, schools, jails and hospitals across the state, the news release said.

Since 2003, Stericycle implemented a plan to charge automated price increases without giving notice to customers.

Every affected agency will receive a check from Stericycle covering all of the overcharged amount – more than $820,000 in all. In addition, Stericycle will discontinue automated price increases to New York government customers covered by the settlement and provide notice and opportunity to opt out before any future rate increases, the news release said.