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New York State Association Of Counties Releases 2016 Legislative Priorities

The state capitol in Albany
Dave Lucas

The New York State Association of Counties released its list of 2016 legislative priorities on Wednesday, the first day of the new session.

The group is calling for property tax relief by taking more fiscal responsibility for programs designed and controlled by the state, directing unappropriated bank settlement funds toward improving transportation infrastructure, and restoring cost sharing arrangements for the federal Safety Net program.

NYSAC is also pushing for protection of farmland and waterways, rural broadband, and to ensure counties receive promised funding for casino gambling.

Lucas Willard is a reporter and host at WAMC Northeast Public Radio, which he joined in 2011.