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For Immediate Release:
December23, 2013
Contact: 518-486-9846
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NYS Department of State Awards Citizen Re-organization Empowerment Grants

Albany –The New York Department of State today announced $44,433 in Citizens Re-organization Grant awards to four municipalities for planning and implementation of projects designed to streamline local government services and save taxpayer money.  The Citizens Re-Organization and Empowerment Grant (CREG), part of the Local Government Efficiency Program managed by the Division of Local Government Services, is designed to provide funding assistance to local governments to plan for and implement municipal consolidations. 

“The Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grants support local governments who are taking the next, critical steps towards consolidating local government structures,” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales.  “These grants are part of Governor Cuomo’s continuing efforts to promote restructuring of governmental functions and services while reducing taxes levied on home and business owners.”

With this announcement, DOS has approved funding for three local government initiatives related to water and sewer district consolidation for towns in Madison County, Saratoga County and Tompkins County.  

In the Town of Cazenovia, in Madison County, CREG assistance will support the consolidation of 28 sewer districts into a single district.  This consolidation will simplify district administration and help the Town better manage the annual budget for operation and maintenance and plan for future infrastructure investments. 

The Town of Ballston, in Saratoga County, will complete a feasibility study and plan for the consolidation of the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Water District #2 and its nine extensions into one main district.  The consolidation will provide for a more streamlined billing and debt repayment process.

The Town of Dryden, in Tompkins County, will receive funding for the Town of Dryden Water and Sewer District Consolidation Study.  Currently, the Town of Dryden has six water districts and seven sewer districts.  This plan will provide a structure for consolidation into one water district and one sewer district, producing greater efficiency in management and long-range planning.

The fourth CREG grant will be provided to the Village of Middleburgh, in Schoharie County, to reimburse expenditures incurred as a result of the filing of a voter-initiated petition calling for a referendum on the question of village dissolution, pursuant to General Municipal Law 17-A. 

The awards are as follows:

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 applicants may 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.


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