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About Local Government Reorganization

Wondering just what is a reorganization study, and why we're doing one? This page provides some background about the general topic. Here you'll find guidance documents and reports related to local government reorganization in New York State.

The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act: A Summary of the Process for Consolidation and Dissolution

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:17 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:17 AM ]

This document provides greater detail of procedures that must be followed for compliance with the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act.  It contains images that map out processes and procedures for board-initiated and voter-initiated consolidation and dissolution.

The New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:15 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:15 AM ]

The “New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act” establishes uniform procedures for the consolidation or dissolution of local government. The new procedures apply to the consolidation and dissolution of towns, villages, fire districts, fire protection districts, fire alarm districts, special improvement districts or other improvement districts, library districts, and other districts created by law.

Shared Services Among New York’s Local Governments: Best Practices and Tips for Success

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:11 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:11 AM ]

This report highlights some of the activities that are occurring around the State and in so doing, reinforces the importance of cooperation and consolidation in achieving local cost efficiencies, especially during these times of fiscal uncertainty. The report also provides tips to local officials interested in exploring greater degrees of cooperation with other local governments, promotes further exploration of service delivery on a regional basis and lists many resources available on these topics.

Property Tax Freeze Credit Guidance

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:09 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:09 AM ]

Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature enacted the Property Tax Freeze Credit (Freeze Credit) as part of the 2015 State Budget. The new law encourages local governments and school districts to generate long-term tax relief for New York State taxpayers by sharing services, consolidating or merging, and demonstrating and implementing operational efficiencies.

Promoting Intermunicipal Cooperation for Shared Highway Services

posted Jan 27, 2016, 7:06 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:07 AM ]

This publication, provides a sample resolution for use by local governing bodies to authorize the sharing of machinery, maintenance and equipment, and lending or borrowing of materials and supplies. It also offers a sample memorandum which may be used by highway officials when equipment is rented or loaned or material is exchanged or borrowed pursuant to such authorization.

A Performance Based Approach to Police Allocation and Staffing

posted Jan 27, 2016, 6:52 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 7:21 AM ]

This guidebook provides a practical step-by-step approach for any agency to assess its own patrol staffing needs based upon its workload and performance objectives. Additionally, it identifies some ways beyond the use of sworn staff that workload demand can be managed, and discusses how an agency’s approach to community policing implementation can affect staffing allocation and deployment. 

Local Government Reorganization - A Summary

posted Jan 26, 2016, 12:18 PM by Tim Weidemann   [ updated Jan 27, 2016, 6:25 AM by Unknown user ]

This report, from the New York State Department of State, Division of Local Government, explains the legal process of municipal reorganization. As outlined in this report, there are a few proscribed methods that local governments must choose from when it comes to reorganization. Some of the familiar ones are consolidation, where two or more governments are combined into one new government, and dissolution, where a government ceases to exist and its role is subsumed within another level of government.

The whole thing gets complicated quickly, which is exactly why a study like this one can be helpful. Over the course of the project, we'll untangle all the options and alternatives and look at what avenues are available and whether any are beneficial to the Village of Highland Falls and the Town of Highlands.

Developing Intermunicipal Arrangements for Highway Services: A Guide for Local Government Officials

posted Mar 18, 2014, 6:02 PM by Richard Weidemann

"The responsibilities and organizational structure of local highway departments, and manner and extent that they interact, vary across the state. What is common, however, is a culture of cooperation with other departments. Shared service arrangements are not new to New York’s municipal governments. There are many examples of counties, towns, villages and cities coming together to jointly perform public functions more efficiently. This is certainly the case for highway services where cooperative arrangements, both formal and informal, are prevalent."

"This guide is designed to assist local government managers and elected officials with varying levels of expertise and resources, to identify opportunities to share highway services and to develop and implement sharing agreements."

Developing Intermunicipal Arrangements for Highway Services: A Guide for Local Government Officials

Exploring Opportunities for Savings and Improved Service Delivery

posted Mar 3, 2014, 1:26 PM by Richard Weidemann

This report, put out by the Office of the NYS Comptroller, discusses intermunicipal cooperation and consolidation for communities looking to make local government "smarter" during times of fiscal stress. The report includes a discussion of policy issues, current activity levels in NYS, strategies for collaboration. and policy recommendations. Click the link below to download or view the report.

Intermunicipal Cooperation and Consolidation - Exploring Opportunities for Savings and Improved Service Delivery

The Framework for Municipal Cooperation and Sharing Services

posted Mar 3, 2014, 1:14 PM by Richard Weidemann

"The use of cooperative agreements to provide services is one of the most useful alternatives available to local governments."

Examining the potential for improving economic environments through increased efficiencies in local government, this article describes categories of joint agreements, provides examples taking place throughout New York State, and discusses how the state is providing incentives for municipalities entering into shared agreements. Click the link below to download or view the article.

The Framework for Municipal Cooperation and Sharing

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