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NY Gov. Cuomo Urges Shared Services For Local Governments

Governor Andrew Cuomo
Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew Cuomo says local governments should share resources to ease tax burdens that could increase under federal tax proposals.

Cuomo on Thursday in Long Island ceremonially signed a bill allowing for counties to create plans to reduce property taxes by consolidating government programs or sharing equipment.

The plan requires the top county executive to bring together local elected leaders and come up with a plan that would require public approval.

Democrat Cuomo argues that many villages, cities, towns and counties could save money by pooling their purchases or cooperating to make duplicative services more efficient.

Cuomo says the plan is "more critical than ever" to ease property taxes in light of President Trump's tax proposal that could end the federal deduction for state and local taxes.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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.