Summer Youth Employment in the City of Rochester: A Review and Benchmarking of the Summer of Opportunity Program
Kirstin Pryor, Erika Rosenberg
Rochester NY engaged CGR to review its Summer of Opportunity (youth jobs) Program. Key issues explored included overall cost, administrative expenses, how impact is measured, and whether the city should continue its own program. CGR identified benchmark programs in New York City, Buffalo, Hartford, and Oneida County NY, and made recommendations for strengthening Rochester’s program.
What Supports 3rd Grade Reading in Rochester?
To support the launch in Rochester NY of a “cradle to career” initiative called ROC the Future, CGR documented the community supports that contribute to children reading on grade level by Grade 3, which the initiative targets as a critical indicator of children’s success in life. With funding from the United Way of Greater Rochester and the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, and support from The Children’s Agenda, CGR developed a report that describes key issues, highlights promising practices, and identifies networks to leverage. A companion document, Potential Opportunities and Actions for ROC the Future, was developed to help the work groups as they plan community solutions.
Village of Norwood Dissolution Study, Plan and Alternatives
Kent Gardner, Jill Symonds
The Village of Norwood, located in NY’s St. Lawrence County, is partially in the Town of Norfolk and partially in the Town of Potsdam. The Town of Potsdam also includes the Village of Potsdam. Driven by a desire for greater autonomy and concerns about the impact on Norwood taxpayers if dissolution of the Village of Potsdam occurs in the future, the Norwood village board engaged CGR in 2012 to assess a range of options for the future of its own village. CGR’s analysis covered 3 primary options: village dissolution, shared services, and creating a new town.
Evaluation of Potential Governance Structures and Shared Services: Town and Village of Ossining, NY
CGR analyzed the potential fiscal impacts of a range of structural alternatives for the Westchester County, NY community of Ossining, which currently is serviced by town and village governments. CGR examined the implications of consolidating the 2 governments into a single city; dissolving the village and shifting service responsibility to the town; and merging the 2 municipalities into a coterminous town-village. The engagement also explored the potential benefits of more intensive service sharing, short of full restructuring, between the town and village.
Village of Mannsville Dissolution Study, Plan and Alternatives
Kent Gardner, Jill Symonds
Mannsville is a small village (population 354) in the Town of Ellisburg, located in northern NY. In late 2012, a study committee explored the impact of dissolving the village and developed a report and dissolution plan. The committee estimates Mannsville taxpayers will experience a 40% decrease in their tax rate with dissolution while residents in the town outside of the villages (Mannsville and the Village of Ellisburg) will experience a slight increase of 4%, without factoring in incentives provided by NYS when 2 municipalities consolidate. The Mannsville village board endorsed the dissolution plan in December 2012. Following a public hearing, the board will decide whether to hold a referendum on dissolution.
Potential Opportunities and Actions for ROC the Future As heard by CGR and The Children's Agenda
Profile of the Hispanic/Latino Community in Monroe County: How are we doing?
Monroe County’s Hispanic/Latino community has grown 30% in the past decade, and more Hispanic youth are graduating from high school though relatively few go on to college. A CGR report documents the growth, strengths and challenges facing the Hispanic/Latino community with data and analysis of more than 20 Census indicators.
The Village of East Syracuse and Town of DeWitt Shared Services Study
The Village of East Syracuse received a NYS Local Government Efficiency grant to assess, in cooperation with the Town of DeWitt, service sharing and cost saving opportunities in 6 service areas: assessment; code enforcement; planning and zoning; snow removal; parks and recreation; and code enforcement. CGR completed the assessment and analysis for the community.
Options for the Future of the Chautauqua County Nursing Home
Donald Pryor, Jaime Saunders
Concerned about the cost of its nursing home, Chautauqua County requested bids for the facility from potential buyers, then decided to simultaneously assess what it could do to operate the home more cost effectively. In early 2012, CGR was engaged to determine the home’s financial viability and assess options for its future. CGR’s report outlines questions to be asked and considerations to be weighed if the county ultimately decides to sell, and also identifies changes to reduce budget shortfalls if it retains ownership. CGR identifies no opportunities for the home to be completely self-sustaining in the future as a public facility, even if recommended changes are fully implemented, and finds the estimated shortfall would result under various scenarios in a cost of $6.50 to $15.50 per year for the average taxpayer.
Options for the Future of Cattaraugus County Nursing Homes
Donald Pryor, Jaime Saunders
Cattaraugus County is one of only 2 NY counties to own and operate a pair of nursing homes. Due to concerns about current operating costs and uncertainties about future state and federal funding, the county engaged CGR to help weigh options concerning the future operation, management and ownership of the homes, which are located in Machias and Olean.
CGR Names New President/CEO
Meet Joseph Stefko, Ph.D
Check Out Govistics™ New Features!
State & County Data Are Free
City police / sheriff merger study completed by CGR
CGR reports on city’s summer youth job program
6 years after CGR study, RIT opens institute
CGR president on NJ municipal consolidation panel
Governing Magazine notes CGR’s role in Princetons’ historic merger