Counties in the News, December 22, 2017

Friday's news from counties across the state.
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.”

What Happens to Ambulance Use When Uber Enters a City
Congress Offers More Short-Term CHIP Funding As At Least One State Prepares to Use Its Own

New York among slowest-growing states in population
I Leave NY: 190,000 left for other states
Cuomo wants early voting, new rules for online campaign ads
NY wants to end 'sextortion' now

City Program Reaches Major Milestone In Diverting Food Waste From Landfills
Insurers rattled after de Blasio moves to charge them for mobile coverage vans

State judge signs off on $20M in tax judgments against Nassau
Bellone signs landmark wastewater legislation in Suffolk
Community input is critical to arena project at Belmont Park
Cuomo: State Will Take Action on Contaminated Long Island Ground Water

HUDSON VALLEY             
Westchester lawmakers override Astorino's budget veto
Cuomo signs controversial bill over Yonkers fire fund
After Indian Point, power needs hinge on three proposed plants, report says

Broker asks Saratoga County: Why construct $30M office building when you can buy one for $14M?
Capital Region Land Bank approves demolition of Niskayuna "zombie property"
Where developers are investing $70 million in Schenectady

DANC helps NYPA with new communication systems
Old St. Lawrence County jail could become juvenile detention center
Franklin County Legislature agrees to use online tracking tool to enforce occupancy tax

Herkimer County Legislature Moves Jail Project Foward
Montgomery County SPCA Proposes New Facility In City
Herkimer County's Jail Offer To Property Owner Being Considered

Agencies team up to keep workers in Broome County
Toy donations to help 'fill the gap' in Broome County
Scammer pretends to be police officer collecting fines, claims warrants

CENTRAL NEW YORK                                                         
State may spend $65M to attack toxic algae blooms in Skaneateles, other NY lakes
State data shows fatal overdoses climb from 2015 to 2016 in Oswego County
Oswego County legislators say goodbye to colleagues
Oswego County budget approved
Oswego County Legislature approves paying for half of wastewater plant feasibility study
Tompkins County residents should pay their taxes right now
Cayuga County lakes among those in Cuomo's proposed $65M to combat harmful algae
Cases of Lyme disease down in Onondaga County, but it may be too soon for a victory lap
4 suburbs in Onondaga County among top 40 places to buy a house in New York state
County considers impacts of alternatives to incarceration (and other notes)

Orleans legislators OK raises
Ontario supervisors endorse Pinnacle PILOT change

Recapping Erie County DA John Flynn's First Year
Ban On Smoking In Vehicles With Children Introduced
Erie County dipping its toes into leasing its big equipment
Erie County Legislature bids farewell to Grant & Morton
Should convicted felons hold Erie County office? Discuss
Hiring stalls across region during November
Erie County Sheriff's Office warns of scammer posing as sheriff's deputy
Officials fight hepatitis C in Erie County
State, Chautauqua Co. stepping up fight against algae blooms