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Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Eliminate 36 Inactive Local Authorities

Written by Long Island News & PR  |  20. October 2014

Long Island, NY - October 20, 2014 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that will eliminate 36 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are inactive or no longer needed. The groups are either defunct, were never ultimately established by local law, or are no longer needed to carry out the public function for which they were formed.

"My administration has made it a top priority to increase efficiency in government and reduce the burdens faced by localities," Governor Cuomo said. "Eliminating these ghost authorities, which do not serve their intended purpose, is a necessary step to making government better serve the people. I thank the bill sponsors for their work on this legislation."

The affected agencies and authorities have no outstanding debt or other obligations, and the law also transfers the eliminated entities' remaining books, records, and rights to the municipality where each is located.

Senator Jack M. Martins, the Senate bill sponsor and Chairman of the Senate's Local Government Committee, said, "Eliminating unnecessary layers of government that are inactive, dormant, and serve no purpose will make government more efficient and accountable. This new law will streamline government by dissolving dozens of inactive public authorities across the state. I thank Governor Cuomo for partnering with us in pursuit of our joint commitment to efficient government."

Assemblyman William Magnarelli said, “As Chair of the Local Governments Committee, one of our priorities has been dissolving IDAs and other authorities that are no longer legally functioning. This legislation builds on efforts we began two years ago to identify and dissolve these defunct IDAs. I thank Governor Cuomo for signing this important legislation and for his continued leadership on this issue.”

The agencies and authorities eliminated by the laws signed today include:

  • Tarrytown Urban Renewal Agency
  • Haverstraw Urban Renewal Agency
  • Johnson City Urban Renewal Agency
  • Oneonta Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Riverside Urban Renewal Agency
  • City of Canandaigua Urban Renewal Agency
  • Village of Albion Urban Renewal Agency
  • Town of Southampton Community Development Agency
  • Village of Westbury Community Development Agency
  • Village of Ossining Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Ossining Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Willsboro Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Amenia Industrial Development Agency
  • City of Jamestown Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Rotterdam Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Hamptonburgh Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Barton Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of New Windsor Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of West Turin Industrial Development Agency
  • Counties of Fulton and Montgomery Industrial Development Agency
  • Big Flats Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Wayland Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Spring Valley Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Patterson Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of New Square Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of North Hempstead Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Walden Industrial Development Agency
  • Village of Sidney Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Yorktown Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Harrietstown Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Norwich Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Wilmington Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Pamelia Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Black Brook Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Jay Industrial Development Agency
  • Town of Philipstown Industrial Development Agency
     

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