Counties in the News, March 17, 2017
Friday's news from counties across the state.
Legislative Budgets Add to Road and Water Infrastructure Funding
The State Senate and Assembly one house budget bills released this week add to the Governor's proposals for road and bridge, and water infrastructure funding.
The Senate adds $75 million to the Governor's $438 million allocation for the Consolidated Local Street and Highway Program (CHIPS) for a total of $513 million, while the Assembly adds an addition $50 million for a total of $488 million.
In terms of water infrastructure funding, the Governor proposed to create a 5-year $2 billion program for clean water infrastructure projects. The Senate budget accepts that $2 billion allocation and adds a $5 billion water infrastructure bond act that would go before the voters in 2018. The Assembly's budget accepts the Governor's $2 billion proposal, and allocates that funding for specific types of clean water projects.
The Governor and State Legislature will now negotiate the differences between these spending plans, and many others, between now and the April 1st
start of the State's 2017-18 Fiscal Year.
Legislature is largely exempt from FOIL
Suffolk County Legislature approves Parks Watch program proposed by Chairwoman Kara Hahn
Consolidation or sharing must start at the bottom
Sullivan chairman wants the county to improve health outcomes
Love Gently Dinner raises $7,400 for Safe Homes
Sullivan County Legislature postpones vote on raising age to buy tobacco products
Dutchess County Stabilization Center to Help with Mental Health Issues (Video)
Depew named deputy Sullivan County manager
Rensselaer County executive: Business investment, training fueling growth
Albany County Land Bank acquires 265 properties
Deadline for prison proposals extended a month
Legislature supports passage of DMV fee bill
St. Lawrence County Chamber holding contest for new 'shop local' logo
How Trump budget cuts would hurt locally
County opposes legislation
Nonprofit awarded $276K
As Broome County Digs Out, is Flooding on the Way? (Video)
CENTRAL NEW YORK
Gardner looks back on productive 2016
County to meet with Boylston supervisor over plowing contract
Frank E. Van Lare Wastewater Treatment Plant in Monroe County a chronic offender
Supporting disabled means supporting Medicaid
2-1-1 Passes Storm Test
WESTERN NEW YORK
Counties like Collins' push to relieve locals of paying towards Medicaid
County Human Resources Director Retiring
Hazardous household waste voucher program considered
New partnership in store for hospital
State budget plan adds millions to cushion impact of Huntley plant closing