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Counties in the News, March 24, 2011

STATEWIDE
Counties say tax cap could cripple services

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared war on property taxes in New York, which rank as the second highest in the country behind only New Jersey.

Local Governments Nervously Watch Cost Shift from Albany
No new taxes at the state level. But with cuts to municipal and county budgets in the offing, some of those costs may be passed straight to local property tax bills, which are already among the highest in the nation.

Cuomo wields the big stick
“The Legislature will either pass, or fail to pass, the budget that I have proposed. … I will not back down from my promise to the people of this state,” Cuomo said in the video. “Even if the Legislature causes a shutdown of government, it will only be temporary, and it will only delay, not derail, our budget’s final passage.”

LONG ISLAND
Long Island Bus May Face End of the Line

“We believe we operate a good bus system and a good service out in Nassau County,” MTA chairman Jay Walder said. “But if the county decides that they want to go a different way, we will be fully cooperative with them to facilitate the transfer, if that’s what they want.”

HUDSON VALLEY
New Dental Care Discount Program Helps Rocklanders Without Insurance

County officials say effort to boost dental care won’t have any costs for taxpayers.

CAPITAL
IDAs team up to fight state tax

New efforts to repeal a contested state tax on IDAs are under way, as the March 31 payment deadline approaches.

NORTH COUNTRY
Clinton County to consider privatizing home health care

Clinton County has agreed to explore the possibility of privatizing its pricey home-health-care service.

MOHAWK VALLEY
County OKs agreements for carbon credits

The Fulton County Board of Supervisors last week authorized three resolutions so the county can start capitalizing on hundreds of thousands of dollars in environmental credits for the county landfill’s gas-to-electric project.

Health contract for local jail placed on hold
A $62,000 one-year contract with an Amsterdam-based company to provide medical services at the Montgomery County Jail is on hold because of insurance concerns.

SOUTHERN TIER
Delaware discusses vets program

A proposed program for veterans and planning for emergencies were among the subjects of presentations to the Delaware County Board of Supervisors during its regular Wednesday meeting in Delhi.

N.Y. attorney general to review local gas prices, check for gouging
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Wednesday he’ll review gasoline prices in the Southern Tier, following a number of consumer complaints.

CENTRAL NEW YORK
Tompkins seeks to extend added 1 percent sales tax

The Tompkins County Legislature endorsed a two-year extension of the county’s authority to enact an additional 1 percent sales and use tax Tuesday.

CCC Fulton expansion project moves forward
On Tuesday night, it was revealed that the Cayuga County Legislature approved the college’s signing of a $950,000 purchase agreement for the former P&C Foods building, located in River Glen Plaza.

FINGER LAKES
Zero Waste, Concerned Citizens to share $25K

The Finger Lakes Zero Waste Coalition and Concerned Citizens of Seneca County have been jointly awarded a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Justice Program.

WESTERN NEW YORK
Legislature To Begin Redistricting Work

County legislators are going to try and put together a reapportionment plan in advance of the 2011 elections, but time is short.

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