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For Immediate Release:
September 17, 2012
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NYS Department of State Awards Citizen Reorganization Empowerment Grants

Albany – The Department of State today announced $140,862 for four grants awarded as part of the 2012 Citizen’s Re-Organization and Empowerment Grant (CREG) program. The CREG program provides funding assistance to local governments to plan for and implement municipal restructuring pursuant to ‘The New NY Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act’. The CREG program is part of Governor Cuomo’s continuing efforts to provide taxpayer relief through innovative analysis of the governmental functions and services.

“Reorganization of local government can provide taxpayers with the opportunity to receive property tax relief through consolidated service delivery,” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “These grants are consistent with Governor Cuomo’s message to help New York communities provide high-quality services while reducing costs and taxes.”

With this assistance, the Town of Ramapo will develop an implementation plan for the consolidation of the Park Crest Fire Protection District, the West Spring Valley Fire District, and the Spring Valley Fire District No. 1 as well as the area serviced by the Village of Spring Valley, into a new and independent fire district. This project will result in greater service efficiencies and savings to the taxpayers.

Funds will assist the Town of Seneca Falls with expenses related to the establishment of the Town of Seneca Falls Police Department, as a condition of the dissolution of the Village of Seneca Falls on December 31, 2011. Resources will also assist the Town of Albion with the implementation of the dissolution of the Village of Altmar in Oswego County. This dissolution is set for June 1, 2013. This CREG assistance will also help the Village of Leicester recoup some of the expenses involved with the recent referendum on village dissolution.

Town of Seneca Falls       $50,000
Town of Ramapo            $45,000
Village of Leicester           $862
Town of Albion                  $45,000

The CREG program accepts applications from municipalities throughout the year. Deadlines for applications are 4:00PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Applications are available on the DOS website at Prospective applicants can also obtain applications by calling (518) 473-3355 or 1-800-367-8488. Questions about the grant program should be directed to the LGE Program Manager, as indicated in the application instructions.