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Funding to help local governments streamline services

ALBANY - Citizen Re-Organization Empowerment Grants (CREG) totaling $204,950 were awarded to five municipalities in the State to study and implement village dissolutions. CREG awards are part of the Local Government Efficiency Program, managed by the New York State Division of Local Government Services, and are designed to provide funding assistance to local governments to plan for and implement municipal reorganizations.

“By consolidating and sharing services, local governments can help tackle one of the single-greatest financial burdens on New York’s families and businesses – sky-high property taxes,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “We have made great progress in capping and cutting property taxes over the past few years, and these grants will take that work to the next level by helping local governments come together to reduce costs. I am proud that the State is partnering with these villages and towns, and I encourage other local governments across the State to work cooperatively in order to reduce the burden of property taxes.”

The CREG program provides funding assistance to local governments to plan for and implement municipal restructuring. This program is part of Governor Cuomo's continuing efforts to address the main driver of property taxes – the high number of local governments – and to provide taxpayer relief through innovative analysis of governmental functions and services. The CREG program accepts applications from municipalities throughout the year at www.grantsgateway.ny.gov.

The awards are as follows:

· $45,000, Village of Greenwich, Washington County – Village Dissolution Study
· $50,000, Town of AuSable, Clinton County – Keeseville Dissolution Implementation for the Town of AuSable
· $50,000, Town of Chesterfield, Essex County – Village of Keeseville Dissolution and Water System Merger
· $49,950, Village of Bridgewater, Oneida County – Village of Bridgewater Dissolution Implementation
· $10,000, Village of Hermon, St. Lawrence County – Village of Hermon Dissolution Study