Assemblywoman Sandy Galef continues to seek ways for counties and municipalities to deliver services for less through sharing and consolidation. On Thursday, February 12, 2009, 3-5pm at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, Galef will host elected officials from each of the municipalities within her district, plus the Putnam and Westchester County Executives’ offices, to come to the table and talk.
Al DelBello, Chairman of the Westchester County Association and former Westchester County Executive will co-moderate the conversation. DelBello’s work on the NYS Commission on Local Government Competitiveness & Efficiency will help steer the conversation on how local governments can operate more efficiently.
“The communities and counties in my Assembly District have been working hard to find ways to deliver services with a lower price tag,” said Galef. “This meeting is an opportunity for them to come together and discuss what they have already achieved, what they are working on, and what obstacles they may have encountered along the way.” “Hopefully, some new ideas will emerge and old ones will be shared. The challenging economic climate offers us an opportunity to evaluate how we do business at all levels of government and find ways to improve.”
Galef’s newsletter from last fall contained a questionnaire on sharing and consolidation of government services. The survey results overwhelmingly showed public support for streamlining.
The roster for the roundtable includes: Putnam County Executive Bob Bondi, Senior Assistant to Westchester County Executive Karen Pasquale, Briarcliff Trustee Robert Mayer, Buchanan Mayor Alfred Donahue, Cold Spring Mayor Anthony Phillips, Cortlandt Town Supervisor Linda Puglisi, Croton Mayor Greg Schmidt, Kent Town Supervisor Katharine Doherty, Nelsonville Trustee Anthony Merante, Ossining Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia, Ossining Mayor William Hanauer, Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster, Philipstown Town Deputy Supervisor Richard Shea, Putnam Valley Town Supervisor Robert Tendy.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.