NYSAC Governor Proposes Making Shared Service Panels Permanent Governor Cuomo, in his State of the State Address, will propose to make the County-Wide Shared Services panels permanent.
Established in the Governor's 2017 budget, the panels led by counties have two years to complete their plans. The state has committed to matching the recurring property tax savings implemented by the local governments in year one. In the first year alone, 34 counties submitted nearly 400 projects with more than $200 million in savings. See NYSAC's recent interview on shared services
Cuomo Launches Plan To Fight Blue-Green Algae Plaguing New York
In response, NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario said “While most algae in New York State is safe, some concentrations of algae – known as harmful algal blooms or HABs – produce toxins that can pose a public health risk to people and animals. According to the EPA, toxins from HABs are increasingly contaminating source waters, as well as the drinking water treatment facilities that the source waters supply. Additionally, these blooms also have the potential to negatively impact tourism, economic development, real estate values, rental businesses, and tax revenues in the localities where they are detected. On behalf of the affected counties, I commend Governor Cuomo for recognizing the threat that HABs pose to our public health, environment, and economy. This investment is vital to protecting the state's freshwater resources for years to come.”