Governor Cuomo signs bill requiring shared government services plan

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Governor Cuomo Thursday signed a bill calling on County Executives, Managers and Administrators across New York to pull their local officials together and develop a plan for shared services.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney says the roundtable here should happen in the next few weeks.

She says Onondaga County is already far ahead with a proposal already public.

The report from the Consensus Commission on Modern Government took three years of work from volunteers from all areas of this community.

The final plan released earlier this year came up with 50 recommendations they say will save money, cut taxes and improve services.

Mahoney says, “This citizens group came together, gathered all of our data and crunched numbers, no agenda other than being helpful in the community and now it’s on us that take up these seats right now to take it seriously and sit down around a table and talk to each other.”

Mahoney says her roundtable will include Consensus chairs and local elected officials, but she says everyone should get up to speed on the Consensus plan.

“I think where I would recommend people start is on the Consensus website, look at the frequently asked questions.  I see the contact us email that comes to the County Executive’s office, if people have questions I would encourage them to ask their questions and we’ll get back to them.”  She tells NewsChannel 9.

Under the Governor’s legislation is requires there be public hearings on whatever plan the various panels comes up with but Mahoney says that’s not the only reason we should be engaged as members of the community.

“If people want to know why they should care I can tell you there is a direct line between inefficient government and your kids having to go elsewhere to find a job.”  Mahoney says.

The County Executive tells NewsChannel 9 she may suggest a plan that eases Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse into a metro government over a number of years rather than the shorter timetable proposed by Consensus.

Click here to read more about the Governor’s legislation signed today.
 

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