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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.

5 towns talk of combining for savings

on 05.17.11. News, In the Media

Posted on May 13, 2011 in The Daily Record
by Lorraine Ash

MENDHAM — Forces are converging to unite both Mendhams, both Chesters and Washington Township under one municipal government and one school system.

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 Newsday.com

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.

Now's the time for government consolidation

on 04.27.11. News, In the Media

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 in Poughkeepsie Journal

In a time of fiscal peril, local officials have every good reason to stop talking about government efficiency and consolidating — and get cracking on solutions.

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.  

Our View: Consolidation poll reveals varied opinions

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Auburn Citizen
Editorial

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.

Poll: North Country residents want more gov’t consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Adirondack Daily Enterprise
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer

Most of about 500 North Country residents polled recently support their town or village consolidating with another local government.

Most NYers Want Smaller Government; But There's a Catch

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

WGRZ Channel 2
Written by Maria Sisti

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.

New Yorkers comfortable with government consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

The Business Review
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 3:02pm EDT

A new survey finds more than half of New Yorkers believe the state is headed in the wrong direction.

VIDEO: Marist College pollster Lee Miringoff on government consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Poughkeepsie Journal

A Marist Poll of 4,500 New Yorkers across the state released Tuesday found that 54 percent of residents outside New York City think there are too many governments.

Poll finds support for government consolidation in Southern Tier

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

pressconnects.com
Written by
William Moyer

A majority of central New York residents, which included Broome County in the Marist poll, is supportive of local government consolidation.

Fifty-six percent of the central New York respondents support it; 41 percent don't.

Folks in region want less government: poll

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Times Herald-Record
By Jeremiah Horrigan

More than half surveyed favor consolidating municipal services

A majority of residents in the mid-Hudson favor consolidating government — most of the time — according to a survey released Tuesday.

Poll: Long Islanders Split on Gov't Consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

LongIslandPress.com
By Spencer Rumsey on April 13th, 2011

Long Islanders are "the most contentious" when it comes to consolidating government services in New York State, according to a new study released Tuesday.

Good feelings about city services - except for the schools

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

New York Daily News
By Glenn Blain

Only 42% of New York City residents give city schools a positive review, according to a Marist Poll released this afternoon.

Foundation releases blueprint for shrinking gov't

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Wall Street Journal
Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. — A first-of-its-kind poll finds most New Yorkers want to consolidate at least some local government services, but don't want their home town or school district dissolved in the process.

New Yorkers offer mixed reviews on government consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

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.

Poll: New York City Residents Are Never Moving

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Gothamist.com

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!

New Yorkers offer mixed reviews on government consolidation

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

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.

Consolidating Government: Marist Poll of New Yorkers

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

DragonFlyEye.Net
by Thomas Belknap

This morning brings us an interesting discussion of government consolidation from Marist, who post the results of their poll: 4/12: “Striking a Balance” | Home of the Marist Poll: Pebbles and Pundits.

New Yorkers: Cut my taxes, but keep my village

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Poughkeepsie Journal
Written by Joseph Spector, Journal Albany bureau

ALBANY — Consolidate local governments? Sure, New Yorkers say, if it saves money but doesn't cut services or erode local identity, a Marist College poll found.

Shared services approved by residents, poll says

on 04.14.11. News, In the Media

Poughkeepsie Journal
Written by John Davis and Larry Hertz

Amid rising property taxes, a growing population and increased demand for services, some Dutchess County municipalities and schools are sharing equipment, personnel and facilities.

Do New Yorkers support consolidating government? The survey says...

on 04.13.11. News, In the Media

YNN
By: Steve Ference

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.

See article and video »

Survey: 53% of New Yorkers think state is moving in wrong direction

on 04.12.11. News, In the Media

Fairport East Rochester Post
By Staff 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.

Poll: Some support, little understanding on consolidation

on 04.12.11. News, In the Media

Spotlightnews.com
by Charles Wiff
Statewide survey finds public has reservations on merging some services

A majority of New Yorkers are in favor of government consolidation, but when it comes to saying what that means and where it should be done there are divergent opinions.

Marist poll: New Yorkers want government consolidation in some cases

on 04.12.11. News, In the Media

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.

Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak Out on Rightsizing Local Government

on 04.12.11. News, Press Releases

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Local governments in New York State are at a crossroads. Faced with high taxes, rising costs, and already strained state and federal budgets, how can local governments still provide essential services? Is rightsizing local government the answer?

Cuomo agenda recalls 'The Happy Warrior'

on 04.12.11. News, In the Media

Reform push mirrors changes sought by Al Smith in 1920s
By RICK KARLIN Capitol bureau, Times Union
Published 12:26 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2011

"We have too many political divisions, too many officials, too little efficiency," the governor said.