Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts Forum on How-To’s of Local Government and School Consolidation

October 5, 2009
Assemblywoman Sandy Galef will host the second event in her Fall Forum series on Thursday, October 15th from 7:30 pm – 9 pm at Croton Village Hall at 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Galef’s guests for the "How-To’s of Local Government and School Consolidation" forum include New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s Legislative Policy Advisor Dr. James Malatras, New York State Education Department’s Coordinator for Educational Management Services Dr. Deborah Cunningham and former Executive Director of the State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness John Clarkson.

This forum on consolidating school and municipal districts was inspired by the Assemblywoman’s Shared Services Task Force of the 90th Assembly District, which is made up of a group of committed community members interested in exploring sharing and consolidating services as a way to lessen exorbitantly high property taxes in New York.

“My forum provides an excellent opportunity to discuss what we all can do to initiate changes in our local governmental and educational structures, and the potential that consolidating and sharing services has for lessening the tax burden placed on all of our shoulders. I hope the people that attend this special event walk away motivated to think about and act on the reforms they believe need to be made in their own communities,” said Galef.

The October 15th forum will focus on a recently passed law that makes it easier for community members to initiate changes in their local governmental structures, as well as legislation already in existence that makes it possible to consolidate school districts. In addition, the panel will discuss the 2007 State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness and its recommendations for New York including the pros and cons associated with restructuring school districts and municipalities.

For more information or directions, contact Assemblywoman Galef’s district office at galefs@assembly.state.ny.us or (914) 941-1111.