New York Department of State Announces Grant Awards to Assist
Two New York State Municipalities with Reorganizations
The New York Department of State today announced Local Government Citizens Reorganization Empowerment Grants (CREG) awarded to the Village of Macedon and the Town of Grand Island. The Village of Macedon in Wayne County will utilize the award to prepare for a municipal referendum on village dissolution. The Town of Grand Island in Erie County will receive assistance to consolidate five special improvement districts.
The CREG program, a component of the Local Government Efficiency Program managed by the New York Department of State, provides local governments with technical support and funding related to municipal reorganization analysis, planning and implementation.
“The Department of State is working closely with local government officials to help them develop options for service efficiencies and cost savings,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “In Macedon, the electorate took steps to require a dissolution referendum to initiate a review of the status quo and transform the structure of government. The Town of Grand Island is an example of a government working to modernize local services to reflect new technologies and meet the needs of our 21st Century economy.”
The Village of Macedon in the Finger Lakes Region will receive $50,000 to complete an overview of the fiscal impact of village dissolution for use in informational mailings and public workshops prior to the dissolution vote scheduled for June 10, 2015. If the dissolution referendum is approved, the Village will also complete a dissolution plan as required by the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, Article 17-A of the General Municipal Law.
The Town of Grand Island will receive $13,882 to facilitate the consolidation of special districts, which will involve dissolving five gas lighting districts and creating three electric lighting districts. This initiative will enhance public safety and reduce the Town’s utility expenses.
“The Village of Macedon is thrilled for the approval of this grant,” said Marie Cramer, Mayor of the Village of Macedon. “The cost of putting a plan together, elections, legal fees, and public notices can cause extreme hardship for the Villages, but now this has alleviated the stress on the budget and residents.”
“It was great to get the news that Grand Island will receive a New York Department of State Citizens Reorganization and Empowerment Grant,” said Grand Island Town Supervisor Mary S. Cooke. “As the Town continues to examine energy efficiency with a goal of long term savings, we are excited to have this opportunity to work with the Department of State.”
Communities considering reorganization should contact the New York Department of State, Division of Local Government Services, at 518-473-3355 or visit the website at http://www.dos.ny.gov/lg/ to determine eligibility for CREG funding. Deadlines for applications are 4:00PM on the first Wednesday of each month. Local governments can now submit CREG applications and receive award notification online via the new Gateway Grant Opportunity Portal at www.grantsgateway.ny.gov.
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