On October 27th the New York Department of State hosted its third in a series of town hall meetings designed to stimulate discussions about improving regional economies throughout the state. The event took place at the Town Hall in Hamburg. Previously, DOS has held town halls in Plattsburgh and Tupper Lake.
Deputy Secretary of State Dierdre Scozzafava met with local leaders from the surrounding areas and interested citizens to share how the Department of State can help create thriving and sustainable communities. Each year, the Department provides free training for an estimated 10,000 local municipal officials and oversees more than $100 million in local assistance grants.
“Governor Andrew Cuomo is committed to ensuring that state programs reflect local and regional needs,” said New York Deputy Secretary of State Dierdre Scozzafava. “It's important to bring government to the people and this administration is making it a priority to engage citizens in developing strategies that are best for their own communities.”
Among the issues discussed were increased collaboration between the state and local governments, regional economic development efforts, and the types of resources available to local municipalities to study and implement consolidation, dissolution and sharing of services.
“It’s welcoming to see the state recognizing efficiencies and cost savings in municipal cooperation agreements,” said Hamburg Supervisor Steven Walters. “We appreciate that the Department of State has stepped forward in this process.”
The Department of State plans to continue to conduct town hall meetings during the coming months. If you are interested in scheduling a town hall in your area, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.