“Speak Out” with Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Discusses Local Consolidation

March 8, 2010

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosted a recent forum on local consolidation and how New York has made consolidation of schools and local governments possible. Included in the forum were three distinguished guests, John Clarkson, Executive Director of the New York State Commission on Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness, Dr. James Malatras, from the New York State Attorney General’s Office, and Dr. Deborah Cunningham, from the New York State Education Department.

Clarkson spoke about his work with the Commission, and how local governments could be modified to become more efficient. Malatras discussed new legislation which was passed by the New York State Legislature last year making it easier for people to start initiatives to consolidate or dissolve their local municipalities. Cunningham talked about how school districts can reorganize. All three stressed the need for local discussion and public participation in deciding what is right for their own community.

“This was an extremely informative and interesting conversation on how citizens can participate in the process of consolidating local governments and school districts,” said Galef. “Consolidation can lead to greater efficiency and lower taxes. This forum provided excellent new resources for many who had little knowledge of this topic. I encourage anyone who wasn’t able to make it to the forum to watch it on TV.”

Tune in to cable television on the following days and times to learn more.

“Speak Out with Sandy Galef” airs as follows:

Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15 – Wednesdays at 8:00 pm*
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21 and Yorktown Channel 74 - Wednesdays at 7:30 pm*
(Channel 21: Cold Spring, Philipstown North; Channel 74: Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)

“How-To’s on Local Government & School Consolidation”
Part 1 Airs March 10, 31 & April 21
Part 2 Airs March 17, April 7 & 28
Part 3 Airs March 24, April 14 & May 5

*Note: Starting April 1st, 2010, all Cablevision channels will air “Speak Out” on Wednesdays at 8 PM

Channel 8 – Wednesdays at 7:30 pm
(Carmel, Kent, Mahopac, Putnam Valley)

“How-To’s on Local Government & School Consolidation”
Part 1 Airs March 10 & 31
Part 2 Airs March 17 & April 7
Part 3 Airs March 24 & April 14

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