Guest column: Listen to municipalities on efficiencies

first_imgThis is not a hollow cry from municipalities for more money that we don’t have anything important to spend on. The governor has once again proposed $715 million in unrestricted aid to municipalities this year, less than the annual increase in aid to education, which we recognize our school districts sorely need. To put this another way: If it’s unacceptable that the state receives roughly 80 cents in federal aid for every tax dollar it sends to Washington, why is it acceptable that local governments receive only 21 cents in aid for every dollar taxpayers send to the state coffers?Our members have sought efficiencies. Many have achieved significant cost savings.But without the state’s partnership and financial assistance, local officials are going to be forced to begin making the tough decisions on what essential services must be cut.A one-size-fits-all mandated sharing program won’t solve this problem. Peter Baynes is the executive director of the New York Conference of Mayors. Gerry Geist is the executive director of the Association of Towns of the State of New York.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? First and foremost, any assertion that municipal officials are averse to seeking out new efficiencies or are unwilling to implement them and save taxpayers money is inaccurate.The fact is municipalities across the state, including here in the Capital Region, have for years aimed to operate more efficiently on behalf of the constituents they serve by seeking out partners in neighboring jurisdictions. This is not a new phenomenon and certainly not an idea that only just now is being implemented.\Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeks to mandate shared services as a condition of receiving local government performance aid, but we’ve been doing this for generations. For example, consider coordination among the towns of Scotia and Glenville, parts of Saratoga County, and the city of Schenectady to share use of the city’s wastewater treatment facility.Or look to the new solar arrays in Rotterdam that the county wants to help local governments take advantage of to cut down on electricity costs.Or look at SMART Waters, the infrastructure agreement in place between Fulton County and the city of Gloversville. The goal of municipal governments is to serve the local taxpayers who live within their borders.These shared services are one important piece of that service as we seek to rein in taxpayer costs.The broader issue is not that local governments aren’t able or willing to work together. It’s that we must be respected and heard at the state level. Before our state leaders simply demand that shared services must be achieved to qualify for state aid, they must hear the voices of those who are on the front lines of serving nearly 20 million New Yorkers, from the North Fork to North Tonawanda. “We’re looking for a partnership,” Schenectady Mayor Gary McCarthy, NYCOM’s first vice president, told the Daily Gazette Feb. 12. “A partnership that produces results for everyone.”Mayor McCarthy is absolutely correct. Municipalities are willing to talk with any state leader who will listen about our consistent efforts to achieve efficiencies. We want to make it clear that local governments should be recognized for what they’ve been able to achieve — not punished because they didn’t achieve efficiencies on someone else’s timeline.The author of the Feb. 18 op-ed correctly noted that “maintaining essential and popularly demanded services always requires more resources than we reflexively think it should.” That is why in addition to a partnership on how to best move forward with shared services initiatives, we are asking state leaders to take a hard look at the flat aid they’ve been providing us for nearly a decade. center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWe read with great interest the Feb. 18 op-ed titled “Government Consolidation is Essential” by John Figliozzi and feel that, on behalf of our member municipalities across the state, we must set the record straight on shared services at the local level.last_img read more

Read More →

Edinson Cavani claims he would be happy at Benfica

first_img “Benfica are a great team, always competitive. “They’ve had many great players. “If I am lucky enough to be there then I would be happy. Loading… Read Also: UEFA appoint match referee for Lyon vs Bayern UCL semi-final“Right now I am calm and flying to Europe, where we’ll see what happens in this new stage of my life.“When everything is confirmed with a team, people will know.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former PSG forward Edinson Cavani has flown back to Europe from Uruguay and he is rumoured to be on his way to Benfica. As the striker passed through Montevideo’s airport, he was asked about his plans and confirmed that there has been contact with the Portuguese club. “There have been meetings with Benfica and with other clubs,” he said, as reported by L’Equipe. “But nothing has been confirmed yet and that means I can’t say anything about reaching any agreement.Advertisement Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhat Women Find The Most Attractive In Men From The 60-sWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Countries With The Most Impressive Technological Innovationslast_img read more

Read More →

Gomis pays his respects

first_img But Swansea skipper Ashley Williams, who made his 300th appearance for the club against West Ham, said Gomis was an important part of the squad and now had the perfect opportunity to show his ability. “I’m delighted for Bafe, I thought he had a good game again and he’s showed what he’s all about in the last few weeks,” Williams said. “It was a brilliant goal and he showed his strength all match. “Wilf’s not here for at least a month and it’s his time to shine now. “He did that and I’ve got no concerns with Bafe coming in, he’s a a very fine player and I knew he’d do a job for us.” Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis explained his French flag-waving goal celebration against West Ham was a show of unity to his country after a week of terror in Paris. “It wasn’t an easy week for all French people and I wanted to join my country even though I don’t live there any more,” Gomis told the official Swansea website. “I am happy Swansea supported me in this difficult time to provide me with the armband and the French flag to show my support towards my country.” Gomis was deputising for the absent Wilfried Bony who is away on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup and looks unlikely to return as Swansea and Manchester City finalise the details on the striker’s £28million transfer to the Etihad Stadium, with a fee now understood to have been agreed. “I am happy for my goal but I thought we deserved the victory,” Gomis said. “We pushed hard and created a lot of chances and I thought we deserved to win. “Even though we had some players missing we created a lot of chances. “I have been working very hard and my team-mates have all helped me a lot.” Gomis himself has been linked with a move from Swansea in the January transfer window with Crystal Palace, West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa all said to be monitoring the striker’s situation at the Liberty Stadium. Gomis rescued a point for Swansea when he rose majestically at a 74th-minute corner – even if he might not be credited with a fifth goal of the season as the ball hit a post and was possibly on the way out before striking West Ham midfielder Mark Noble on the line. The 29-year-old Frenchman celebrated by running to the Swansea bench where he was handed a French tricolour, raising it aloft and looking to the skies in memory of those who lost their lives in the Paris terror attacks this week. Press Associationlast_img read more

Read More →