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County executives from around New York held a media call Thursday to talk about impacts from the proposed state budget; federal COVID-19 relief bill negotiations; vaccine distribution and more.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro during Zoom press conference, November 23, 2020
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Democratic and Republican county leaders across the U.S. are calling for unity in the face of the coronavirus pandemic intensifying again. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) say it’s time to put partisanship aside, turn down the rhetoric and work together to defeat the resurgence of the coronavirus.

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro (top); Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan (bottom left); and NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario
Courtesy of the Office of Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro

Four county executives participated in a New York State Association of Counties video press conference Thursday to urge Congress to pass a coronavirus stimulus package with direct state and local aid. A House bill passed in May contains billions of dollars’ worth, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Trump reportedly agreed Thursday on a package with no such aid.

NYSAC Presses EPA, NYS To Set PFAS Contaminant Levels

Aug 30, 2018
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The New York State Association of Counties and two other groups are urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Health to act on setting contaminant levels for chemicals that have been found in drinking water.

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Officials in the city of Plattsburgh have joined a growing list of municipalities planning to sue pharmaceutical companies over the opioid crisis.

Sen. Schumer at the podium. (Plug Power, Latham NY Feb. 1, 2016)
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New York Senator Chuck Schumer has been making headlines on several fronts -

Counties across New York are concerned over reports that sales tax collections are plummeting and they are asking Governor Cuomo’s tax department for an explanation.

New Yorkers are embracing their local governments like never before. A special local government Siena Research Institute poll finds a majority of voters say local governments beat the state on everything from understanding citizens’ needs to "getting things done."

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The New York State Association of Counties is concerned about sales tax revenue reports indicating negative growth in the second quarter.

    April is National Donate Life Month and counties are pitching in to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates across New York.

Unfortunately, only 18 percent of New Yorkers age 18 and over have enrolled in the NYS Donate Life Registry, compared to the national average of 42 percent. The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) believes that counties can be the driving force to raise awareness and increase donor registration in New York.

In late 2012, NYSAC President (and Orange County Executive) Ed Diana learned that he needed a liver transplant. As he awaits his transplant, NYSAC is partnering with County Executive Diana to increase organ donor registration rates in all of New York's counties.

Ed Diana and NYSAC Executive Director, Stephen Acquario join us this morning – along with DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner, David Sampson.

Some Mandate Relief is Proposed

Jan 23, 2013

In the governor’s State-of-the-State address, there was no mention of mandate relief, yet several county executives said they were not expecting to hear much about it then, that it would be during the governor’s budget address where they would expect some details about coping with unfunded mandates. Governor Cuomo did speak to unfunded mandates in his proposed 2013-2014 budget address Tuesday, introducing the topic this way.

Stephen Acquario is the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.

Mandate Relief is a High Priority for County Execs

Jan 10, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State speech Wednesday did not directly speak to unfunded mandates. Some county executives say that although mandate relief is important and very much needed, they did not expect the governor to talk about it. However, at least one did.