Local government is due for a makeover

on 05.24.11. News, In the Media

Posted on May 22, 2011 in The Times Union
By Kent Gardner AND Charles Zettek

Restructuring local government is central to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's strategy to cut the tax burden. But results of a recent survey suggest that change will be slow without further state action.

Consolidation opportunities abound

on 05.17.11. News, In the Media

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.

Mallay: LIers have the tool to consolidate

on 05.12.11. News, In the Media

Posted on May 10, 2011 in

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.

New Yorkers open to gov't consolidation, poll shows

on 04.27.11. News, In the Media

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.

What the Marist Poll on Consolidation is Telling Us

on 04.21.11. News, In the Media

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.