CGR's Joseph Stefko discusses the difficulties of change regarding local dissolution.
CGR has been engaged by the Commission on Local Government Modernization for Syracuse and Onondaga County, New York – known as Consensus – for a major project that will evaluate existing local government structures and services, and assess options for enhancing the region's efficiency, cost effectiveness and competitiveness.
Citing CGR's Medina dissolution study, Le Roy's village mayor plans to pursue consolidation with the surrounding town to access state incentive funds for municipal consolidation.
As part of CGR's restructuring study, Dryden residents hear options for reducing, merging, or dissolving the village police department, including a cost-saving option to reduce nighttime patrolling. Despite impact on taxes, residents in favor of retaining the police department.
CGR's Don Pryor presents findings from a 2013 report on the future of county-owned nursing homes to the Columbia County Board of Supervisors. The board is considering plans for its county-owned home that may include negotiating employee compensation or sale.
CGR has released a list of the top private employers in New York State in 2013. Topping the list again is the North Shore – LIJ Health System, with 40,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees. Rounding out the top five are Mount Sinai Health System, Walmart, Verizon, and JP Morgan Chase. CGR developed the list as part of an analysis of the economic impact of the University of Rochester (UR)(#8 on the list).
Also appeared in: LoHud.com
CGR's latest economic impact study shows growing influence of University of Rochester (UR) on local economy. UR remains the largest employer in the region with 25,773 employees in 2013, and employment, local payroll, and local spending are all up from 2011 levels.
Democrat and Chronicle
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CGR to conduct an efficiency and restructuring study for Schuyler and Yates that will evaluate options ranging from sharing services to outright merger. If merger were to move forward, it would be the first county merger in modern New York history.
The Chonicle Express
Also appeared in: Star Gazette
CGR President Joe Stefko weighs in on fiscal stress facing local governments in Pennsylvania, and how New York and New Jersey have addressed restructuring. PA lawmakers to consider allowing alternative restructuring options for struggling governments, including dissolution.
CGR has been engaged by the counties of Schuyler and Yates in New York's southern tier to complete an analysis of service delivery and governance options. The project will examine the potential operational and fiscal benefits of sharing services, merging common functions and consolidating the two counties into a single government.