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For Immediate Release:
September 5, 2013
Laz Benitez/Edison Alban
New York Department of State

Charlene Kagel,
CPA - Chief Auditor
Town of East Hampton
(631-324-4141 ext. 2114)



New York Department of State’s Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program
Provided Funds for Town Re-Engineering That Will Result in More Efficient Local Government

and Save Local Taxpayers $4.2 Million Annually

East Hampton, NY (September 5, 2013) – New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales received a tour and status report from Town Supervisor William J. Wilkinson on the Town of East Hampton’s recent restructuring to make their local government run more efficiently. The Town received a $536,425 award from the New York Department of State’s Local Government Performance and Efficiency Program (LGPEP) this past June as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s efforts to improve efficiency and reduce costs at all levels of government.
The award both acknowledges and incentivizes the Town’s continued hard work and innovation, which have made the local government more efficient and will save taxpayers $4.2 annually, representing an 18% reduction in the tax levy.

“It is especially gratifying for the team at East Hampton to be recognized for our work by Secretary Perales and New York’s Department of State,” said Town Supervisor William J. Wilkinson.  “This recognition rewarded a behavior that is not only necessary at times of fiscal distress but is required to sustain our future financial success.  As a town, we are elated to have a visit from the Secretary of State.”
“The New York Department of State is proud to support the Town of East Hampton in this initiative to reduce expenditures, which will ultimately provide savings for the Town’s taxpayers,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales.  “We commend East Hampton’s leadership for their innovative thinking, which will vastly improve their communities.”

A competitive program, LGPEP encourages local governments to undertake significant and innovative actions to reduce the property tax burden confronting residents.  The Town of East Hampton implemented a comprehensive organizational restructuring of town government, downsizing 26 departments into 13 departments through attrition, staff reduction, and consolidation of functions, creating a more efficient and cost effective government model.  Through consolidating common divisions under a single manager and re-designing its organizational chart, the Town streamlined its processes to produce a more effective and efficient flow of services for its citizens.

The LGPEP awards will be distributed in three equal payments over three fiscal years, subject to the condition that the local government maintains the annual fiscal impact and administrative benefit of the project. 

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