Counties in the News, January 27, 2017
Friday's news from counties across the state.NYSAC
State Mandated Programs Funded and Delivered by Counties
Counties and New York City must raise more than $12 billion each year in local taxes to support just 9 major state mandates.
Or you can think of it in other terms – counties and New York City spend $234 million each week in local taxes to pay for just 9 state mandated programs.
Or you can think of it another way, since the 1960's the state has been dipping into county coffers to pay for state programs created and controlled by decisions made in the State Capitol.
These are mandated costs that local governments in most states do not fund to this degree – we must not forget that this is a major reason for New York's high property taxes compared to other states.
NYSAC Interviewed About Local Government Consolidation (Video)
Port Jeff railroad station project gets ‘jump start' money from county
Presiding Officer Gregory Backs Legislator Hahn's Parks Watch Measure to Protect County Parks
State won't help mobile home residents who stay
Dutchess receives disaster declaration for December snowstorm
Coalition planning to sue over oil trains (Video)
McCoy Targets Company That Runs Crude Oil Trains at Port of Albany (Video)
Arts and culture programs in St. Lawrence County to receive $235k from state Council on the Arts
Mohawks pursue getting disputed parcels through trust
Montgomery County passes local law aimed at energy efficiency in buildings
Garnar Issues Hiring Freeze in Midst of County's Financial Struggle (Video)
Broome Executive Garnar looks to bring county out of fiscal stress
CENTRAL NEW YORK
$70M for Phase 2 of Unprecedented NYS Fair Revitalization
Tompkins Tourism Announces Grant Opportunities
Proposed Seneca County odor control ordinance includes penalties, excludes farms
Return of "Free Youth February" at Seneca Park Zoo
WESTERN NEW YORK
Editorial: The deadly grip of opioids is defying wide-ranging efforts to fight addiction
County again scrutinizing Pearl Street pedestrian bridge security (Audio)
Legislators continue to hear about allowing rifles for deer hunting