Mandate Relief ? !

12 Nov

From a press release received today:

Assemblymember Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo) announced that the Legislature passed his bill providing mandate relief for municipalities (A.2 Extraordinary Session Assembly Bill) that will streamline government, cut wasteful spending, and save taxpayers millions…

…Hoyt’s legislation, one of two bills voted on during Tuesday’s special session, would reduce the cost of local government through state mandate-relief and increased flexibility for local governments to empower municipal leaders to find operational efficiencies. Specifically, this bill would:

· Reduce the minimum number of municipal corporations needed to establish a health insurance cooperative from five to three;

· Facilitate highway shared services agreements among municipalities, and between municipalities and state agencies;

· Allow one public health director to serve more than one county;

· Increase the local competitive bidding threshold for all contracts for public work involving an expenditure of more than $20,000 to $35,000

· Authorize the Municipal Bond Bank Agency to purchase municipal bonds for public improvements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and allow them to issue pooled municipal bonds to achieve lower interest rates;

· Treat municipal employees the same as private sector employees by prohibiting them from seeking recovery against a public employer for damages otherwise covered by insurance; and

· Protect parties to the settlement of tort claims from certain unwarranted liens, reimbursements and subrogation claims.

“This legislation will enable all units of local government to accelerate economic development projects in both the public and private sector. It will provide greater efficiencies and lower the cost of government at the local level,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “As sponsor of this governmental reform measure, Assemblyman Hoyt was instrumental in leading this bill through a complicated legislative process, and county leaders appreciate his tireless efforts to make this happen.”

“I am committed to reducing the excessive and unnecessary tax burden currently borne by working families across this state, which is why I fought to create a new law earlier this year that will enable people to reduce the size of their local governments. That law, combined with this one, are important to streamline our government, give municipalities greater flexibility, and put more money in people’s pockets instead of paying for wasteful, unnecessary services,” Hoyt concluded.

2 Responses to “Mandate Relief ? !”

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  2. mike hudson November 13, 2009 at 12:43 am #

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