government consolidation http://wrvo.org en Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability http://wrvo.org/post/fulton-takes-next-steps-try-get-back-fiscal-stability <p></p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 13:13:23 +0000 Gino Geruntino 58300 at http://wrvo.org Fulton takes the next steps to try to get back to fiscal stability East Syracuse voting on future of police department http://wrvo.org/post/east-syracuse-voting-future-police-department <p></p><p>The village of East Syracuse is deciding this evening whether it can afford to continue staffing a fulltime police force.</p><p>In October 2012, residents of the village voted down the idea of dissolving its police force and merging it with that of neighboring DeWitt. But since that vote, taxes for residents have shot up 22 percent and the town board again approved the measure this spring.</p><p>For Janini&nbsp;Puliatti, having more eyes watching over the village is worth the expense.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:02:27 +0000 Ryan Delaney 54368 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-local-governments-cut-spending <p></p><p>During a speech in Irondequoit Thursday morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo kept up pressure on local governments to cut their budgets.&nbsp;</p><p>Cuomo touted four consecutive fiscal years of on-time budgets, something he says hasn't happened since the Rockefeller era. He calls it his&nbsp;"grand slam" budget.</p><p>The governor highlighted state efforts to cut taxes, but focused on what he called "unsustainable property taxes" levied by municipalities.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 11:15:41 +0000 Michelle Faust 54123 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo to local governments: Cut spending Onondaga County reorganization plan led to Morrow resignation http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-reorganization-plan-led-morrow-resignation <p></p><p>Onondaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County’s longtime health commissioner, Dr. Cynthia Morrow, has resigned in a disagreement over a portion of the planned reorganization of the county's human service agencies.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:34:07 +0000 Ellen Abbott 53716 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County reorganization plan led to Morrow resignation State budget finalized, voting on Monday http://wrvo.org/post/state-budget-finalized-voting-monday <p></p><p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have finalized the details on a $138 billion state budget and say they are on track to meet the <span data-term="goog_1480901602" tabindex="0">April 1</span> deadline.</p><p>The budget includes a multi-step plan that could &nbsp;lower property taxes, $340 million for schools to start pre-K programs, and a limited test program for public campaign financing.</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 23:43:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 53466 at http://wrvo.org State budget finalized, voting on Monday Cuomo begins new push for tax freeze proposal, counties have alternative plan http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-begins-new-push-tax-freeze-proposal-counties-have-alternative-plan <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:20:59 +0000 Karen DeWitt 52025 at http://wrvo.org County executives split on Cuomo's consolidation agenda http://wrvo.org/post/county-executives-split-cuomos-consolidation-agenda <p></p><p>The New York State Association of Counties (<a href="http://www.nysac.org/" target="_blank">NYSAC</a>) wrapped up its annual meeting in Albany this week where county executives discussed the unique needs of New York’s regional governments.</p><p>One prominent issue was consolidation. During his budget presentation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a two percent cap.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 12:29:34 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 51149 at http://wrvo.org County executives split on Cuomo's consolidation agenda Village of Bridgewater faces decision whether to dissolve http://wrvo.org/post/village-bridgewater-faces-decision-whether-dissolve <p></p><p>Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Oneida County sits the Village of Bridgewater. To the average eye, it looks the part of most upstate villages, but come March, the village and its two centuries of history could dissolve into a thing of the past.<br /><br />Gary Comstock has been mayor of Bridgewater since the 1990s, but because of financial struggles, he wants to dissolve the village. he says the time has never been better to merge with the surrounding town, especially following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's clarion call for streamlining state and local governments.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 12:30:11 +0000 Gino Geruntino 50690 at http://wrvo.org Village of Bridgewater faces decision whether to dissolve Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts http://wrvo.org/post/cuomos-budget-phases-pre-k-tax-cuts <p></p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:13:04 +0000 Karen DeWitt 50219 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo's budget phases in pre-K, tax cuts Cuomo to push government consolidation; Onondaga County executive says it's already working http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-push-government-consolidation-onondaga-county-executive-says-its-already-working <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:26 +0000 Ellen Abbott & Catherine Loper 49595 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo tax cut plan reduces business and property taxes http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-tax-cut-plan-reduces-business-and-property-taxes <p></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:06:56 +0000 Karen DeWitt 49565 at http://wrvo.org Cuomo tax cut plan reduces business and property taxes Onondaga County, Syracuse look to consolidate government http://wrvo.org/post/onondaga-county-syracuse-look-consolidate-government <p></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:48:50 +0000 Ellen Abbott 48678 at http://wrvo.org Onondaga County, Syracuse look to consolidate government Cuomo quietly pursuing government consolidation http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-quietly-pursuing-government-consolidation <p></p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:31:38 +0000 Karen DeWitt 42045 at http://wrvo.org Planning departments merger could spur more government consolidation http://wrvo.org/post/planning-departments-merger-could-spur-more-government-consolidation <p>The city of Syracuse and Onondaga County planning departments have officially merged. Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney signed an inter-municipal agreement Thursday that brings the planning agencies of both governments under one roof.</p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:45:31 +0000 Ellen Abbott 39876 at http://wrvo.org Planning departments merger could spur more government consolidation Cuomo details local government bailout plan http://wrvo.org/post/cuomo-details-local-government-bailout-plan <p>Gov. Andrew Cuomo outlined his proposal for a new local government restructuring board to help financially distressed communities deal with long term budget problems. Wed, 15 May 2013 12:55:21 +0000 Karen DeWitt 37854 at http://wrvo.org Can local governments save money by consolidating? http://wrvo.org/post/can-local-governments-save-money-consolidating <p>New York state has a variety of programs intended to save taxpayer dollars by helping governments share services or eliminate certain government entities altogether. A New York state Assembly hearing in Syracuse this week tried to find out whether these programs work. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 09:50:00 +0000 Ellen Abbott 30174 at http://wrvo.org Can local governments save money by consolidating? Village of Chaumont ponders pros, cons of dissolution http://wrvo.org/post/village-chaumont-ponders-pros-cons-dissolution <p>Faced with increasing costs, aging equipment and the prospect of big tax savings for residents, the village of Chaumont is considering dissolution.</p><p>But the issue isn&#39;t that clear-cut and has become a contentious subject, pitting neighbors and friends against each other in this small community.</p><p> Fri, 25 May 2012 13:28:54 +0000 Joanna Richards 19834 at http://wrvo.org Village of Chaumont ponders pros, cons of dissolution