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News

Counties in the News, January 5, 2017

Thursday's news from counties across the state.
NYSAC
County costs are correlated to state mandates
In New York, county expenditures are heavily driven by state law under which county governments are required to administer and fund an array of state and federal programs.
 
The major cost categories for counties include social services, general government projects, employee salaries and benefits, and public safety, which account for nearly 65 percent of county expenses.
 
County spending is highly correlated to increases in state-imposed mandates and also economic conditions that both increased demands for social services and curtailed revenue.
 
State mandates require counties to follow strict state rules about what services must be provided, including the amount and duration of benefits.
 
Counties in most other states do not have to administer such a large number of state programs using locally raised tax revenues.
 
Nine (9) of these state mandates add up to the entire primary revenue source available to most counties—the property tax.
 

STATEWIDE
NYSAC Update On the Veto of the Public Defense Mandate Relief Act
 

Second Change for $3 Million in E-Waste Recycling Grants
 

Legislature vows independence from Cuomo
 

LONG ISLAND
Nassau County Officials Swear in 181 New Police Recruits
 

HUDSON VALLEY
Rockland Legislature selected new chairman
 

Don't wait to report someone missing
 

County Executive Marc Molinaro, Wife Corinne Welcome Baby Boy
 

CAPITAL
Free Tuition Not Best Use of Tax Money
 

Disappointment, anger greet veto of indigent defense legislation
 

County Legislature poised to fill vacated New Scotland, Bethlehem seat
 

Geraghty talks about 4 years at county's helm
 

Collection drive for local veterans culminates with mountains of donations (Video)
 

NORTH COUNTRY
Jefferson County legislators call on state to takeover indigent defense costs
 

Federal bill could prevent wind projects near military bases
 

MOHAWK VALLEY
Oneida County legislature expected to approve new legislator
 

Herkimer Co. legislators approve sales tax agreement

SOUTHERN TIER
Delaware County supervisors pick new leader
 

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Madison County reacts to Cuomo's veto of indigent defense proposal, honors three long-time employees
 

Onondaga County GOP selects replacement for Rapp
 

Cayuga County Legislature chairman contributes to Senate water quality report
 

Who can save the CNY film hub? State seeks partner to breathe life into $15M studio
 

FINGER LAKES
Veto of public defender funding keeps costs on counties' books
 

WESTERN NEW YORK
Allegany County: Chairman Crandall disappointed by veto of defense aid
 

Budget provides funding for numerous area projects

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