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Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering the 2014-15 Executive Budget Address. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering the 2014-15 Executive Budget Address. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Do NYS counties have a better property tax cut plan than Cuomo?

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is starting a new push for the property tax freeze plan he outlined in his state budget address this January. Meanwhile, counties in the state say they have a better idea, which they say could result in lower property taxes in New York for even longer.

Cuomo's campaign is aimed at enlisting the aid of the public to help convince the legislature to approve the plan.  Go to full article
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail
County legislators at the annual conference for the New York State Association of Counties. Photo: Jenna Flanagan/Innovation Trail

County leaders talk consolidation, sharing resources at annual meeting

The State Association of Counties wrapped up their annual meeting in Albany this week where they discussed the unique needs of New York's regional governments.

One prominent issue was consolidation. During his 2013 budget presentation, Governor Cuomo renewed his push for local governments to share more resources as part of a plan to freeze property taxes if counties stay within a 2 percent cap.

The Innovation Trial's Jenna Flanagan talked to County Executives about the push to get them to make savings of 1 percent for three years.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo has tough talk for local governments

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has tough words for local government officials who've been warning that the state's recent cap on property tax increases puts them in a financial squeeze that will restrict basic services.

Cuomo says with the state facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall, local governments are on their own. In a press conference after a cabinet meeting in Albany Monday, he said it's up to county and city government leaders to make the hard choices, and to stop complaining.  Go to full article

Struggling counties urge relief of state mandates

New York's counties are making a push to get Governor Cuomo and state lawmakers to take their growing fiscal crises seriously. They say they need relief from some state mandates that they say are bringing some counties to the brink of bankruptcy.  Go to full article
NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: Ritchie website
NYS Sen. Patty Ritchie at Fort Drum Day gathering. Source: Ritchie website

Ritchie wants to ease costs, crowding in county jails

State Senator Patty Ritchie has an idea to help ease overcrowding and costs at county jails.

As WRVO's Catherine Loper reports, the issue pits New York State against local governments.  Go to full article

Cuomo tells counties he'll meet them halfway on mandates

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the "Battle of Albany'' is on.

And in the first skirmish of what's expected to be a long fight, Cuomo is putting the pressure on teachers and their unions.

Speaking yesterday, he said that if negotiations between the unions, the state Education Department and school districts on tougher evaluations for teachers and principals fail, he'll impose his own Feb. 16. Under law, a governor may try to enact policies in budget bills.

The governor spoke at the annual meeting of the state Association of Counties, trying to drum up support for his proposed budget.

The county leaders were pressing for relief from state-mandated costs. Cuomo said he would meet them half way in providing mandate relief by helping to defray health care and future pension costs.

But, as Karen DeWitt reports, he told the county officials it's up to them to do the rest.  Go to full article
We were hoping the state would relieve us of the obligation of paying for Medicaid costs altogether.

Counties disappointed, but state legislators say Medicaid relief just a start

County leaders around the North Country have been asking the state for mandate relief, especially since New York imposed a 2% property tax cap on local governments last year. Their biggest beef is paying for Medicaid. It accounts for the largest percentage of many county budgets, and many county leaders don't think those costs should be their responsibility.

The governor's budget proposal offers some assistance with local Medicaid costs. The administration has been fanning out around the state, trying to sell the plan he released last week. And Cuomo has gotten some support from north country state legislators. But county leaders aren't as pleased.  Go to full article
We donít have any revenue sources that are different than revenue sources that are coming into local government.

Cuomo says no to state takeover of Medicaid

On Thursday, Governor Andrew Cuomo rebuffed a push by counties and some state lawmakers to have the state choose the local cost of Medicaid. The health insurance program for the poor costs New York about $53-billion dollars a year. Counties pay roughly 15-percent of that. Cuomo says each level of government needs to pay its share.  Go to full article
Not only is there a property tax cap, and... mandated cost increases, but the state is not paying us timely.

Counties caught between rising costs, tax cap

Until this week, St. Lawrence County seemed to be leading the charge to over-ride the state's new 2-percent property tax cap, imposed on local governments. Now it looks like the County is trying to stay within the tax cap limit.

Counties around the North Country are busily preparing their 2012 budgets. And each is having to do its own political maneuvering, and decide whether it will cut services, or over-ride the tax cap.

Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

What's ahead for the new mix in Albany

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is wasting no time. From a wage freeze for public employees, to mandate relief and a property tax cap, he's moved on many of key campaign themes in just his first week in office.

He's also got a new/old legislature to work with. A Republican majority in the state Senate, but a familiar and powerful face at the head of the Assembly: Speaker Sheldon Silver. Susan Arbetter, host of WCNY's capitol Pressroom, is one of the Albany-based journalists who's watching all this closely. Martha Foley talked with her about the changing dynamic.  Go to full article

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