The Department is a key resource for local government leaders to foster cooperative and collaborative solutions to the challenges they face. We offer assistance in three specific areas:
- Local Government Efficiency, including government consolidation and dissolution and shared services. The Department’s Local Government Efficiency (LGe) program provides technical and financial assistance to help municipalities identify opportunities for cost savings through intermunicipal cooperation, reorganization and regionalization. This may include, among other things, studies to determine the efficiency of municipal dissolution or consolidation, the merging of neighboring police departments or the deployment of regional infrastructure. Grants are also available to fund the implementation of these projects. Over the past ten years DOS has allocated $94 million to over 520 projects which to increase shared services, and enhance efficiency in services and to produce cost savings. Overall, this program has been a great success, as completed projects are producing savings that over the long-term are estimated to exceed $675 upon implementation of all projects.
- Local Government Training, including training courses on-site and online and a Technical Helpline for local officials. The Local Government Training (LGt) program is often a local official’s first point of contact with the New York Department of State. Each year, DOS staff train thousands of members of
planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, local governing boards, and others at regional training
events, through online tutorials, and with our many land use and legal publications. When not on the
road, DOS staff educated and experienced in land use planning are available to assist local officials
with technical questions about planning and land use regulation by telephone or email.
- Community Development and Sustainability including:
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