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Dinolfo Hosts Second Shared Services Meeting

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo convened the second meeting of the Shared Services Panel comprised of over 50 town, village, school district and municipal leaders in advance of the creation of a Shared Services Panel report as included in the 2017 New York State Budget.

Headlining today’s meeting was a presentation by Stephen J. Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC). Acquario discussed shared services efforts and New York State requirements.

“I am proud to welcome Stephen J. Acquario, NYSAC’s Executive Director, to our second shared services meeting. Stephen provided valuable insight, expertise and advice on efforts taking place throughout New York State and helped facilitate collaborative discussion with the panel members,” said Dinolfo. “Today’s meeting represents another positive step toward the formulation of a cohesive and comprehensive shared services plan for our local municipalities as we build on Monroe County’s long history of working together to reduce costs for our residents.”

Acquario also briefed the panel on both existing and future shared services plans being crafted by other municipalities in New York State in order to provide insight for Monroe County’s shared services efforts.

“The shared services panel in Monroe County and those convening across the state are building on years of work, on the part of counties and local governments, to share, reduce costs, and find efficiencies in operations. The State’s 2014 Property Tax Freeze Rebate program produced more than $2 billion in cost cutting initiatives at the local level across the state. The new initiative is bringing local leaders together again to continue to foster discussions about how municipalities can find new ways to collaborate across jurisdictions,” said Acquario. “It also helps us identify the challenges, whether those are state laws or local obstacles that may be preventing local governments from working together.”

Dinolfo convened the first shared services meeting on June 26 as required by State law and established in the State budget adopted earlier this year. Today was the second meeting of leaders from throughout Monroe County. The third meeting will take place on July 27, 2017.

By August 1, 2017 the Shared Services Panel shall submit a plan to the Monroe County Legislature for review. Prior to September 25, 2017 the County Legislature may issue an advisory report. During the same period the County Executive will seek public input through a series of public hearings and the Shared Services Panel will reconvene to adopt a plan. Additional information about the County-Wide Shared Services Initiative is available at the New York State Department of State website.