New York Department of State Announces Grant Awards to Assist
Two New York State Towns with Dissolution of Villages
The New York Department of State today announced $88,520 in Citizen Re-Organization Empowerment Grant (CREG) awards to facilitate dissolution of two Villages after the majority of voters in each Village decided to move forward with proposed dissolution measures. The Village of Bridgewater, located in Oneida County in the Mohawk Valley, dissolved on December 31, 2014; and the Village of Lyons, located in Wayne County in the Finger Lakes region, is scheduled to dissolve on December 31, 2015.
The CREG program, a component of the Local Government Efficiency Program managed by the New York State Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services, provides local governments with technical support and funding to plan and implement municipal reorganizations.
“We will continue to assist local governments cut costs to lessen the burden on taxpayers as we work together to find smart and efficient ways to make our communities a more affordable place to live and work,” said New York Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales. “The electorate in each of these Villages took the bold step to approve dissolution in order to transition toward new and modern government structures that will efficiently meet the needs of a 21st Century economy.”
The Town of Lyons will receive $50,000 to assist with the implementation of the dissolution of the Village of Lyons. Specifically, the funding will support a comprehensive analysis of Town Hall building conditions and accommodations to facilitate efficient, affordable renovations. In addition, the Town will establish new water, sewer and lighting districts.
The Town of Bridgewater will receive $38,520 to assist with the implementation of the dissolution of the Village of Bridgewater. This funding will be used to assist with transferring all Village property ownership rights to the Town, forming a Town Water District, and consolidating Village and Town records.
“As we move forward with the dissolution of the Village of Lyons and as we start streamlining this community, the grant that we are receiving will be of tremendous help to our citizens in easing the cost and pain of this process,” said Supervisor Brain Manktelow, Town of Lyons. “We are very thankful for the State’s help and are looking forward to the continuance of the partnership in moving forward for the betterment of Lyons’ residents and all New Yorkers.”
“The consolidation of The Village of Bridgewater and The Town of Bridgewater was a positive move for the future of Bridgewater,” said Supervisor Dale DeKing, Town of Bridgewater. “This Consolidation Grant is a godsend for the Town of Bridgewater. The expenses for the dissolution of the Village of Bridgewater and subsequent consolidation of services into the Town of Bridgewater were quite extensive. The grant will be used to help defray those costs and relieve the taxpayers of a tax increase. We appreciate the opportunity provided by the State of New York to complete our mission with little or no monetary impact on the citizens of the community.”
Communities considering consolidation should contact the New York State 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.