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Cuomo urges government consolidation

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers are crushed by taxes and consolidating local governments is a way to ease the burden. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Cuomo leads calls for simplifying local government

State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants to simplify New York's patchwork quilt of local government entities. He says they have a "chokehold" on state residents, but he says, complicated statutes prevent local governments from consolidating. He's proposing legislation to fundamentally reform the overlaps as a way to control New York's highest-in-the-nation property taxes. At a press conference yesterday, Cuomo traced the discussion of consolidation back 20 years. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Commission: consolidation won't close schools

A recommendation from Governor Paterson's commission on property tax relief fueled anxiety across the North Country this week. It would force school districts of fewer than 1,000 students to consolidate. Districts of fewer than 2,000 students would be encouraged to follow suit. The plan would affect almost all districts in northern New York. But as David Sommerstein reports, the commission says it doesn't want to actually shutter school buildings.  Go to full article

Albany drafting plans to cut taxes

In the next few weeks, a couple of reports are due from two state commissions that could ultimately help to lower the state's highest-in-the-nation property taxes. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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