Posted on May 11, 2011 in The Poughkeepsie Journal
A recent Pattern for Progress report is confirming the suspicions many have long held: Consolidating governments won't be easy and faces, at times, a wary public. But these same taxpayers are far more interested in seeing governments at least share services.
Long Islanders are less supportive than other New Yorkers when it comes to consolidating local governments. That was one of the findings by the Dyson Foundation, in partnership with the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, in a report released last month.
Posted on Apr 25, 2011 in Legislative Gazette By Jacob D. Potent
With less state and federal aid flowing into local municipalities' coffers, a recent Marist poll asked New Yorkers whether they would support the consolidation of governments and services as a way to save money.
Posted on Apr 14, 2011 in Governmental Efficiencies, NYMuniBlog Main By Christopher A. Andreucci
As we have been writing about on this blog, and indeed as most news outlets have been doing so as well, the topic of local governmental consolidation is a priority in Albany for this state legislative session. If forced to make a prediction, I would have said that a wide majority of New Yorkers favor consolidating and merging the thousands of local governments across the state.
If Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going to be successful in reducing the size of government in New York, he had better use a public opinion poll on the subject as a start, rather than pointing to the data as a mandate for his mission, because one of the more striking revelations in a Marist College poll released this week on government consolidation is that a majority of New Yorkers haven’t even heard about it.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A first-of-its-kind poll finds most NewYorkers want to consolidate at least some local governmentservices, but don't want their home town or school districtdissolved in the process.
DemocratandChronicle.com Written by Joseph Spector Gannett Albany bureau chief
ALBANY — New Yorkers have conflicting opinions on consolidating local governments, according to a Marist poll released Tuesday. They support it when they think it would save money but oppose it when it they believe it would give them less say in local decisions.
Marist released the results of a massive poll yesterday (below), in which they surveyed 4,500 New York state residents about government consolidation and the state of the state. But inside are some interesting facts about city residents, including that we have the longest tenure than any other region; NYCers live here an average of 28 years. You'll have to drag us out of our tiny, rent-controlled apartments, transplants!
pressconnects.com Written by Joseph Spector, Gannett Albany Bureau
New Yorkers are offering mixed reviews on the idea of consolidating local governments — supporting it when they think it would save money, but opposing it when they believe it would give them less say in local decisions, a Marist College poll today found.
What do New Yorkers think about consolidating services in their towns, cities and villages? A new survey shows the results in a debate that often becomes about the potential loss of local control versus taxpayer savings. Steve Ference reports.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — The question of restructuring local government is at the heart of a survey, conducted by the the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, that was released today. The survey, “Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak Out on Rightsizing Local Government,” was funded by the Dyson Foundation and surveyed 4,500 New York state residents.
Poughkeepsie Journal Written by Joseph Spector Gannett Albany Bureau
ALBANY - New Yorkers are offering mixed reviews on the idea of consolidating local governments -- supporting it when they think it would save money, but opposing it when it they believe it would give them less say in local decisions, a Marist College poll today found.
ALBANY -- The Governor’s executive budget calls for the consolidation of two major areas of State Government.
Paul Francis, who also heads up the Governor’s SAGE Commission on "rightsizing state government", took center stage at a Senate hearing on Agency mergers that are supposed to save taxpayers millions of dollars.
The merger making the big headlines is one that combines the Departments of Banking and Insurance with the Consumer Protection Board. The new super agency will be called the Department of Financial Regulation, which Francis says will save the State $1.5 million in its first year… and he's not expecting any layoffs…