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Cuomo wants to keep local government cost-cutting panels

Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose making a pilot program aimed at cutting local government costs permanent and allocate $225 million in state funds to match local savings.

Posted: Dec. 19, 2017 10:08 AM
Updated: Dec. 19, 2017 10:08 AM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo will propose making a pilot program aimed at cutting local government costs permanent and allocate $225 million in state funds to match local savings.

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Cuomo says local governments working with new County-wide Shared Services panels came up with nearly 400 projects providing more than $200 million in savings this year. He says he'll propose making the program permanent in his State of the State address next month.

Cuomo says he'll propose that state funding for local government performance aid be conditional on continuation of shared services panels led by county executives.

He said he'll also continue the state's local property tax relief program, which will provide an average reduction of $380 in property taxes to 2.6 million homeowners this year.

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