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Governor signs bills to eliminate more than 120 inactive local authorities and agencies

By WKTV News

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has signed two bills that will eliminate 28 local public authorities and 95 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are inactive or no longer needed.

"Since taking office, my administration has worked to make government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers, including doing more with less and finding ways to reduce the costs facing localities," Governor Cuomo said. "Given that these authorities and agencies no longer serve the public interest, it only makes sense to do away with them for good. I thank the bill sponsors for their work on these two bills."

The two bills (A. 10288-A / S.5198-D and A. 8823-A / S. 5227-B) repeal the statutory authorization for approximately 95 urban renewal and industrial agencies and 28 local public authorities that are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.

The affected agencies and authorities have no outstanding debt or other obligations. The law transfers the eliminated entities' remaining books, records, and rights to the municipality where each is located.

Both laws take effect in 60 days.

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer, sponsor of S.5198-D, said, "This is another victory for New York State taxpayers. For years many of these authorities have been defunct and not serving the residents of New York State. This law is an important step toward simplifying State government and eliminating wasteful and duplicative state agencies. I appreciate the Governor’s swift action to sign this bill into law."

Senator Jack M. Martins, sponsor of S. 5227-B, said, "During these difficult economic times, as we seek accountability from all levels of government, it makes sense to eliminate layers of government that are no longer necessary and consolidate their responsibilities in our counties, towns, and villages. I want to thank the Governor for his continued leadership in partnering with us to right-size government."

Assembly Member Jim Brennan, sponsor of A. 10288-A, said, "This bill was a joint effort between the Governor, the Authorities Budget Office, the Comptroller, members of the Legislature, and local governments to carefully extinguish dozens of defunct public authorities. It also ensures that any remaining responsibilities are returned to local government. I appreciate the Governor’s continued leadership in streamlining state government."

Assembly Member William Magnarelli, sponsor of A. 8823-A, said, "As Chair of the Assembly's Local Government Committee, one of our priorities has been to dissolve IDA's and other authorities that are no longer legally functioning. I support Governor Cuomo's efforts to streamline New York State's government agencies to foster better efficiency and effectiveness. This bill accomplishes the first step in eliminating inactive public authorities. In addition, this bill would advance the State's effort to maintain an accurate inventory of agencies, and abolish unnecessary sectors of local government."

The agencies and authorities eliminated by the laws signed today include:

  • Sloatsburg Urban Renewal Agency
  • Beacon Community Develop Agency
  • Norwich Urban Renewal Agency
  • Nyack Urban Renewal Agency
  • Peekskill Community Development Agency
  • Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency
  • Island Park Urban Renewal Agency
  • Ellenville Urban Renewal Agency
  • Hornell Urban Renewal Agency
  • Washingtonville Urban Renewal Agency
  • Mamaroneck Urban Renewal Agency
  • Plattsburgh Urban Renewal Agency
  • Woodridge Urban Renewal Agency
  • Potsdam Urban Renewal Agency
  • Lancaster Urban Renewal Agency
  • Gouverneur Urban Renewal Agency
  • Clayville Urban Renewal Agency
  • Walden Village and Renewal Agency
  • Ilion Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Penn Yan Renewal Agency
  • Village of Pawling Urban Renewal Agency
  • Newburgh Community Develop Agency
  • Baldwinsville Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Hamburg Urban Renewal
  • Saranac Lake Urban Renewal Agency
  • Tuckahoe Urban Renewal Agency
  • Palmyra Urban Renewal Agency
  • Newark Urban Renewal Agency
  • Salamanca Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of East Rochester Urban Renewal Agency
  • Auburn Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of New Paltz Renewal Agency
  • Ogdensburg Urban Renewal Agency
  • Long Beach Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Hilton Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Liberty Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Lyons Urban Renewal Agency
  • Dolgeville Community Development Agency
  • Town of Wallkill Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Greenport Industrial Development Agency
  • Thomaston Urban Renewal Agency
  • Watertown Urban Renewal Agency
  • Fallsburg Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Geneseo Urban Renewal Agency
  • Town of Bethlehem Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Massena Urban Renewal Agency
  • Watervliet Urban Renewal Agency
  • New Rochelle Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Fort Edward Urban Renewal Agency
  • Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Monticello Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of East Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Catskill Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of New Hartford Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Hudson Falls Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Webster Urban Renewal Agency
  • Rensselaer Urban Renewal Agency
  • City of Cohoes Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Lynbrook Urban Renewal Agency
  • Oswego Urban Renewal Agency
  • Yorktown Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Warwick Urban Renewal Agency
  • Town of Guilderland Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Whitehall Urban Renewal Agency
  • Town of Colonie Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Fayetteville Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Waverly Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of North Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Fredonia Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Canajoharie Urban Renewal Agency
  • Town of Orangetown Community Development Agency
  • Village of Greenport Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Queensbury Industrial Development Agency
  • City of Beacon Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of East Greenbush Industrial Development Agency
  • Deerpark Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of East Hampton Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Carmel Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Oyster Bay Industrial Development Agency
  • City of Watervliet Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Schodack Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Horseheads Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Lake Placid Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Keeseville Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Horseheads Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Dryden Industrial Development Agency
  • Troy Urban Renewal Agency
  • City of Oneida Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Liberty Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Monticello Industrial Development Agency
  • Kent Industrial Development Agency
  • Woodridge Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Fallsburg Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Southampton Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Altamont Industrial Development Agency
  • Amsterdam Parking Authority
  • Monroe Regional Parking Authority
  • Johnson City Parking Authority
  • Hudson Parking Authority
  • Elmira Parking Authority
  • Peekskill Parking Authority
  • Fulton Parking Authority
  • City of Troy Parking Authority
  • Port Jervis Parking Authority
  • Utica Parking Authority
  • Owego Parking Authority
  • City of New Rochelle Parking Authority
  • City of Poughkeepsie Parking Authority
  • Village of Spring Valley Parking Authority
  • City of Long Beach Parking Authority
  • City of North Tonawanda Parking Authority
  • Salamanca Hospital District Authority
  • Salamanca Indian Lease Authority
  • Long Island Job Development Authority
  • Historic Rome Development Authority
  • Center Authority of Glens Falls
  • Multitown Solid Waste Management Authority
  • Broome County Resource Recovery Agency
  • Brookhaven Resource Recovery Agency
  • County of Essex Solid Waste Management Authority
  • Greater Troy Area Solid Waste Management Authority
  • City of Peekskill Civic Center Authority
  • County of Chautauqua Sports, Recreation and Cultural Authority


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