Assemblywoman Sandy Galef to Lead Roundtable on Streamlining Services with County and Municipal Officials

Former County Executive Alfred DelBello to Co-Moderate Discussion
January 27, 2009
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues to seek ways for government to offer high levels of service without a big price tag for taxpayers. On Thursday, February 12, 2009, 3-5pm at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, Galef has invited elected officials from all the municipalities within her district, plus the Putnam and Westchester County Executives, to come together and talk.

Al DelBello, Chairman of the Westchester County Association and former Westchester County Executive will co-moderate the conversation. DelBello also served on the NYS Commission on Local Government Competitiveness & Efficiency which generated a report that focused on how local governments could operate more efficiently.

“This Roundtable is for all the communities in my Assembly District to come together and discuss what they have already achieved through sharing services, what is in the works or planning stages, and what, if any, obstacles they have encountered along the way,” says Galef. “My hope is that with a continued focus on ways to consolidate and streamline operations, we can turn this economic crisis into an opportunity to evaluate how we do business at all levels of government, find ways to do it better, and do it for less.”

Last fall, Galef sent a survey to her constituents asking them how they felt about sharing and consolidation of government services. The survey results overwhelmingly showed public support for consolidating services, although snow plowing was the least popular among those favored for sharing.

The two county executive’s offices, Westchester & Putnam, will be represented at the table as well as one elected official from each of the municipalities in NY State’s 90th Assembly District, which Galef represents. The municipalities include: Village of Briarcliff, Village of Buchanan, Village of Croton, Village of Cold Spring, Town of Cortlandt, Town of Kent, Village of Nelsonville, Village & Town of Ossining, City of Peekskill, Town of Philipstown, and Town of Putnam Valley.

There will be an opportunity for audience comments & questions.

For more information and/or directions, contact the Assemblywoman’s office at (914) 941-1111 or e-mail Dana Levenberg at levenbergd@assembly.state.ny.us.