Otsego County leaders meet to discuss government efficiency

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Local leaders in Otsego County met to discuss government efficiency and consolidation in Oneonta on Tuesday.

The state's division of Local Government Services met with leaders from towns, villages and hamlets to discuss how to best share services and stretch residents' tax dollars. They brainstormed and discussed new and innovative ways to create efficient local governments.

The mayor of Amsterdam says this is an important discussion to have in New York and nationwide.

"We have to be thinking smarter...cooperate with our neighbors," said Ann Thane, Town of Amsterdam mayor.

The Greater Oneonta Economic Development Council hopes consolidation talks stretch outside of Otsego County and that school superintendents, the Chamber of Commerce and financial officers take part, too.

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