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State should eliminate lowest levels of municipal government When will the New York state consider a serious overhaul of local government? In Andrew Cuomo’s first two years as governor, he has attempted to reduce wasteful spending by state government. The governor’s actions are commendable, but now the time has come to continue governmental reduction by phasing out municipal governments that have outlived their usefulness. Municipal government is an unnecessarily expensive middleman between the state and ...

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September 10, 2012
7:51 a.m.

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Re: "State should eliminate lowest levels of municipal government". My answer to your first sentence is - regardless of your age, probably not in your lifetime. I say that because not long after moving to New York from a state where the county is the lowest form of municipal government including county based school systems, I attempted to create a grass-roots effort to raise awareness to the bloat of New York's form of local government, in the hopes that property taxes would be reduced as a result. After several months of effort, not only did I experience mostly deaf ears to the subject, but also some hostility. In the county where I live, as in many upstate NY counties, the dominant political party that controls the bloat of municipal government, resists efforts to reduce it, and seeks to even expand it, hypocritically criticizes the Federal Government for it's size. The Feds are amateurs compared to New York's form of government.