ALBANY — Chautauqua County officials recently traveled to Albany to provide New York state officials with a presentation on the county’s submitted application for the final phase of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC). The MCEC is part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s mission to reduce the heavy property tax burden in New York state … Continue reading A pitch for savings-County presents consolidation application to state
IRVING — Less than 10 years ago, the Chautauqua County Legislature seemed a lot more like Dysfunction Junction than a group of local elected officials working to better a region where we live. It was a contentious gathering of 25 members, many who consistently voted party lines and would have rather muddy an issue than … Continue reading A working Legislature, by George!
There has been much criticism of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest push for shared services from organizations like the New York Conference of Mayors, the New York Association of Towns and some labor unions, to name a few. They don’t like the time frame laid out to have plans put together. They don’t like that counties … Continue reading A Gentle Nudge From The State May Be A Good Thing
An item within the New York state budget is urging counties and local governments to search for shared services. The county, and the county executive specifically, would head the effort to bring together local leaders to formulate plans. The goal behind the idea is to alleviate a large tax burden that residents face. At the … Continue reading State Shared-Service Plan Won’t Impact County’s Work
Chautauqua County and 23 local entities are positioned to compete for $20 million as part of a state competition to find the best government efficiency plan. On Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Chautauqua County as one of six $50,000 recipients for plans they submitted through the first phase of the Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition. … Continue reading County a finalist for $20M in regional grant funds
County Executive Vince Horrigan is on the right track in making regionalism a priority. During his State of the County Address this past week, Horrigan announced the establishment of a Regional Solutions Commission, which will focus on shared services and consolidations. The panel, to be chaired by County Legislator George Borrello, will work to identify, … Continue reading Regionalism will move county forward