On July 12 the New York Department of State launched its first of a series of town hall meetings that are designed to stimulate discussions about improving regional economies throughout the state. DOS held the first one in Plattsburgh, followed one day later by a town hall meeting in Tupper Lake.
Deputy Secretary of State Dierdre Scozzafava met with local leaders 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 at the first two town hall meetings were the newly enacted property tax cap, local economic development efforts, and the types of resources available to local municipalities to study and implement consolidation, dissolution and sharing of services. The Department of State plans to conduct 22 town hall meetings during the coming months.