Statement from NYSAC President Mark Alger 23 January 2014

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County leaders share Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision of a re-imagined New York State: one that increases local job opportunities, reduces the cost of all levels of government, keeps our communities and roadways safe, offers and promotes a great quality of life, and provides care for community members in need.


What we often disagree about is which level of government should fund which service. For example, counties and county taxpayers fund more than $12 billion worth of state initiated (and mandated) programs and services. For several years, those local costs have been on the rise, either through state action or increased demand for these services from the public.   The Governor and the State Legislature have reigned in costs at the state and local level, but many other state-mandated expenses remain unchanged at the county level. More needs to be done. 


We applaud the Governor’s continued focus on property tax relief, especially because local taxpayers still contribute over $12 billion to maintain the state mandated programs currently in place at the local level.  Property tax relief is needed and the Governor has advanced a plan for local governments, special districts, and school districts to reduce local expenditures through shared services and consolidation. Local government officials embrace modern and efficient government and look forward to working with the state legislature to develop property tax reform that’s truly achievable, without jeopardizing important and vital local services.


Counties support efforts to provide universal pre-kindergarten, and we look forward to working with the state to transition all of our preschool special education students to a more accountable and structured school setting. This move will help ensure students have a better chance of success throughout their school years in New York, and realign the program with the appropriate level of government.


We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo and State Lawmakers as the budget review process begins and negotiations unfold over the next two months.



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