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New York Governor signs law that could prove costly for villages

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August 26, 2009

ALBANY, New York: Governor David Paterson signed into effect a law on June 25, 2009 that would eliminate local governments through petitions and referenda. In addition, county legislatures and county-wide referenda could also be used to eliminate local governments, particularly villages.

Under the new law, which is called the New York Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, if a village or town submit’s a petition containing ten percent or 5,000 signatures from registered voters, that government could face public vote on whether or not to dissolve it.

According to Paterson:“Our system of local government is outdated and overly complicated, and today we are making it easier to consolidate or dissolve local government entities. This legislation represents real reform, and will result in bottom-line savings for taxpayers.”[1]

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