52nd Annual County Finance School

May 2 - 4, 2018
Syracuse, NY (Onondaga County)

2018 Fall Seminar

September 24 - 26
Rochester, NY (Monroe County)

2019 Legislative Conference

Albany, NY  (Albany County)


Counties in the New, April 14, 2017

Friday's news from counties across the state.
Victims of our own success
“From our perspective, each and every day that officials go to work, they're there to deliver the most efficient form of governmental services they possibly can,” said Stephen Acquario, a lawyer and director of the New York State Association Of Counties.  “It's inherent in the position itself.”
What leadership in New York State often has to deal with at the local level – which the state seems to overlook – is the very nature of how the regions they govern are organized. It all goes back to the years following the Revolutionary War where, to repay its soldiers, state governments created a grid of towns and 100 acre tracts within those towns which later, became the basis of the local tax structure: a system intended to provide local services within a particular, convenient boundary that was easily understood.
But over time, as American life became more complicated, how things were funded and how the structures of government were maintained began to outgrow the town and county system, blurring the lines between what roles individual municipalities should play and what they shouldn't. What partly caused this is New York State's tradition as a “home-rule state,” a protection under the constitution which dictates that as long as state or federal law isn't breached, village, town and city governments can govern themselves as they see fit. Oftentimes, this means the “inefficient” practice of maintaining their own town governments, their own highway departments, sometimes even their own police force. 
But to save money, like is done in many cases throughout the state, these governments often look to other towns – or other counties – to see what can be shared between them, like the trend of school districts replacing school houses in the early-20th century, for instance, or Tompkins County creating a risk pool for health insurance encapsulating the public employees of six surrounding counties with its public health consortium, a critically acclaimed healthcare structure in government circles.
“It's well-settled in the state that we are a ‘home rule' state,” Acquario said. “What's not well-settled is how it happened. From my perspective, the establishment of the towns, the cities, the counties, was largely organized as taxing jurisdictions to respond to local and community-based needs that the state of New York was not providing.”

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State heard call to 'Raise the Age'

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New Criminal Record Sealing Law in New York

Money for New Septic Systems

SCCC's proposed fitness center with Olympic-size pool gets $2M from state

County Executive Bellone Calls for the Nomination of Candidates to the Suffolk County Women's Hall of Fame

Orange County gov tackling opioid epidemic

Ulster's Hein signs ‘Pet Sellers Law'

Oil Spill In Orange County Leads to Water Testing

Former Orange County executive gets back into politics

Joan M. Silvestri named Rockland Commissioner of Social Services

County Executive's Corner: A Dirty Deal

Schenectady County Legislature approves $70M Union College project

County lawmakers to consider fireworks ban; public hearing set for May 1

Green Island deli owner gets $22K microenterprise grant from Albany County

Counties see jump in first quarter sales tax collections

Details emerge on land bank

Lewis, DANC officials celebrate single-stream recycling facility

County scouting hotel, restaurateurs for airport expansion

Study: Oneida County ranks third in state for places to own a home

What to Know About Broome's Plan for Shared Services (Video)

BC Exec. praises En-Joie staff for quick course cleanup following floods

County health department celebrates 75 years of service

Victims of our own success: State punishes Tompkins County for cost-saving efforts

Tax abatement approved for City Centre project

Audience members take stand on major issues at merger debate

New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo discusses central New York highlights of 2018 budget

Madison County Brilliant Ideas at Work open house April 22

Seneca County supervisors nix proposed budget guidelines

County working with districts to educate students on distracted driving (Video)

Seneca Falls board gets an earful about landfill — for nearly two hours

David Callard announces he will retire from County Legislature

Governor establishes wind turbine setback

Lorigo secures support for Meals on Wheels, HEAP

Treatment options for opioid addiction must be more available

Wyoming County Indigent Parolee Program to get $180,000 in state funding

NCCC named second best community college in New York

Poloncarz joins in preparations for Armed Forces Week

Power companies could face fines for last month's slow response to the windstorms that blew through Upstate NY