Counties in the News, January 11, 2017

Wednesday's news from counties across the state.
The County Perspective on the State of the State
As state lawmakers return to Albany to conduct the people's business and Governor Andrew Cuomo his regional state of the state addresses, it is important to take note of and communicate the state of our counties, and the role the state plays in the county property tax levy. 
The largest expense for counties continue to be state mandates.

NYSAC Shared Services Report (2014)
The recession, the state-imposed property tax cap, and the Governor's most recent proposal to provide property tax rebates has put a renewed public focus on shared services at the local level. Despite the fact that local governments across the state have been effectively sharing services and consolidating functions or departments for decades, these projects are often not widely publicized or replicated. With this report, we hope to begin changing that.
NYSAC's 2014 Shared Services report includes a collection of innovative ideas for local government efficiency, effectiveness and cost savings.
This is a living document, and will evolve and grow as we receive additional input from our members.

Cuomo call to ease tax load leaves unanswered state mandates

Cuomo looks to counties to solve high property tax rates

Cuomo pitches 750-mile bike/hike trail plan in New York

Local Leaders Announce County Infrastructure Funding for Huntington Station

Cuomo wants counties to consolidate local services

Cuomo's closing Indian Point at odds with tax cap

Cuomo Reveals Plan to Bring Uber to the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley job market strong, unemployment rates steady

Capital Region leaders upset with Cuomo's plan to cut property taxes (Video)

Tight vote seen as proposed new jail heads to legislature

Albany County brings awareness to issue of human trafficking

Governor offers child-care tax credit program

Watertown council looks to county courthouse for new City Court

Is governor avoiding Mohawk Valley area?

Confirmation of new lawmaker on legislators' agenda

Herkimer Co. sets window for new agricultural parcels

Fulton County's occupancy tax clears last hurdle

Fulton County Board of Supervisors delegate committees

Legislature asked to reimburse MV EDGE for new hospital prep work


Garnar Calls Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Public Health Emergency (Video)

Step Back in Time: Jan. 11, 2017

Cuomo proposal could force 2017 vote on city-county merger in Syracuse

Onondaga County Executive Appoints Legislature Seat to Debra Cody

Dinolfo Approves of Cuomo's Call to Bring Ride-Hailing Services Upstate (Video)

Marren re-elected Ontario County board chair

County sicker, poorer with health care act repeal

Is Governor's Pledge to Buffalo's East Side 'Out of Touch'? (Video)

Mills re-elected legislature chairman

Legislature's revisions to County Charter limit elected officials salary increase