elcome to the New York Department of State's Division of Local Government Services. The Division of Local Government Services is a principal resource for New York’s local governments by providing training and technical assistance to local governments and community organizations throughout the state, and helps local officials to solve problems involving basic powers and duties, public works, municipal organization, planning, land use and regulatory controls, and community development. Services provided by the Division reflect New York’s commitment to strengthening state and local partnerships to improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers.


The Department is a key resource for local government leaders to foster cooperative and collaborative solutions to the challenges they face. We offer assistance in three specific areas:


  • Local Government Efficiency ProgramLocal Government Efficiency, including government reorganization and dissolutions, intermunicipal cooperation and regional service delivery. The Department’s Local Government Efficiency (LGe) program provides technical and financial assistance to help municipalities identify opportunities for cost savings. This may include studies to determine if it is efficient to dissolve a village or merge two neighboring police departments.  Grants also fund implementation of these efficiencies and cost savings. Overall, this program has been a great success and is expected to result in more than $418 million in savings to taxpayers from $46 million invested in 294 shared services and consolidation projects.
  • 2014 LGe Grants Request for Applications »


  • Local Government TrainingLocal Government Training, including training courses on-site and online and a Technical Helpline for local officials. The Local Government Training (LGt) program is often a local official’s first point of contact with the New York Department of State. Each year, DOS staff train thousands of members of planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, local governing boards, and others at regional training events, through online tutorials, and with our many land use and legal publications. When not on the road, DOS staff educated and experienced in land use planning are available to assist local officials with technical questions about planning and land use regulation by telephone or email.

  • ARC logo / NBRCCommunity Development and Sustainability including: