Assemblywoman Galef Hails Signing of New Laws to Downsize Government
Unused local government authorities will be dissolved
August 16, 2012
Ossining, NY – Assemblywoman Sandy Galef commends Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing two pieces of legislation into law which will eliminate unnecessary public authorities. Galef supported the passage of both A8823-A/S5227-B and A10288-A/S5198-D to allow for certain public authorities to be dissolved, and to transfer their rights, records and property to an identifiable location. Assemblywoman Sandy Galef said, “What we are doing is reevaluating our government structure. Wherever possible we are trying to downsize or eliminate those government entities or authorities which may no longer be beneficial.” The three authorities in Galef’s 90th Assembly District which will be eliminated by this legislation are the Peekskill Parking Authority, the Peekskill Community Development Agency and the City of Peekskill Civic Center Authority. These authorities have not been in operation for many years and the City of Peekskill was in agreement that the authorities should be dissolved. “The City of Peekskill is also looking to right size government operations and appreciates the efforts of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef in this regard,” stated Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster. Currently there are other existing local authorities that are now defunct or were never established. Although they were unused, they still remained authorized by state law. All of the authorities to be dissolved by these new laws have been declared inactive by the New York State Authorities Budget Office, Office of State Comptroller, Commission on Public Authority Reform or Department of Economic Development. Galef continues to work with localities in her Assembly District to identify those entities that should be dissolved and has gained approval from Philipstown, Ossining, and Kent to dissolve authorities or other entities that are not active or needed. The assemblywoman will continue to work on these efforts to right-size government in the next legislative session in Albany.