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GOP NY Senators Resist Cuomo's Government Consolidation Plan

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Republican lawmakers in the New York state Senate are pushing back against Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to force counties to look for ways to share services and pool their costs.

Cuomo has proposed requiring counties to create plans to reduce property taxes by consolidating government programs or sharing equipment. If county officials choose not to implement the cost-cutting plans they would go to local voters for approval.

Republican Sen. Kathy Marchione of Saratoga County on Tuesday urged Cuomo to amend his plan. She says it ignores the burden of unfunded state mandates, and is too punitive to local governments already working to become more efficient.

She says the state should look for ways to encourage efficiency, such as giving additional state funding to local communities that find ways to do more with less.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.