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Cuomo to strapped municipalities, schools: merge

Friday, March 15, 2013
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— The state budget being shaped in New York may be remembered years from now as the beginning of the end of many small towns, cities and school districts.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is upping his conflict with local officials who are facing fiscal crises and asking for more help from Albany. He says Friday that if things are really that bad, they should consolidate services or merge outright.

School districts and local governments are asking for more measures to cut labor, pension and other costs than Cuomo has offered in his proposed budget.

Local officials say they’re already consolidating and taking on some mergers, but still need help including more money from Albany.

 
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March 15, 2013
1:46 p.m.
ronzo says...

It's going to take a lot more than a nudge by the governor to merge and consolidate. The only way it will happen is when the people finally accept the fact that they can no longer financially sustain a Colonial Era form of local government, and force their local politicians and school boards to give in. Or, the State will need to mandate mergers and consolidations for the sake of everyone. That's the only way local property taxes have any chance of getting lower.

March 15, 2013
1:50 p.m.

We are already communists...not a far stretch...it is the "Trickle down theory.."

March 15, 2013
2:55 p.m.
jlgnews says...

Everyone wants lower taxes but no one is willing to give up anything to get them. Every little burg and podunk has to keep it's own PD & Fire, they all need to have their own schools and maintain their own govt. Consolidation is the way to go but you'll never convince the masses....

March 15, 2013
4:19 p.m.
justapto says...

The unions are not going to let their control of local governments and steep salaries allow consolidation. Then there are the multi levels of duplication of services that jlgnews has defined above.
The biggest yells and loudest crys are what is going to change this mess.
Open your window and cry out "I am mad as hell and I want consolidation"!

March 15, 2013
4:35 p.m.
ronzo says...

jlgnews & justapto: Most people here will not give up their Mayberry RFD because they know that the state will ultimately bail out their lousy little school district or crummy town and village when they cry to their state representative. Their state reps. are to blame for voting to send good money after bad to these places to keep them going because most state reps. were local yokels before they became a state politico. And Cuomo is to blame for not taking a strong enough stand toward these local political hacks. If Cuomo's enticement to pay for consolidation of municipal govt. and school districts doesn't get people's attention, who's kidding who? It just continues as one big circle jerk.

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