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For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2013
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NYS Department of State Awards Citizen Reorganization Empowerment Grants

Albany – The Department of State today announced $72,000.00 for two 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 a restructuring of governmental functions and services.

“The Citizen Reorganization Empowerment Grants give local governments an opportunity to offer property tax relief to its residents by exploring and adopting consolidation methods” said Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales.  “These grants are consistent with Governor Cuomo’s plan to help New York communities provide high-quality services while reducing costs and taxes.”

The Town of Edwards, in St. Lawrence County, will receive$45,000.00 to reimburse the expenses involved in property transfers, equipment transfer and forming water, sewer and lighting districts resulting from the recent dissolution of the Village of Edwards.  In March 2011, the Village of Edwards electorate voted to dissolve the village 55-9. The Village of Edwards dissolved effective December 31, 2012.

Town of West Seneca, in Erie County, will receive $27,000.00 to evaluate the town’s 20 existing sewer district’s infrastructure, capital improvement needs, fiscal condition and any legal issues related to district dissolution and transfer of ownership to the Erie County Division of Sewerage Management.  The combination of aging sewer infrastructure, extensive capital improvement needs, escalating construction costs and an increasing number of violations precipitated the consideration of consolidation and ownership transfer.

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.

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