Mandate relief is a big issue for local governments, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to (continue to) do something about it. He announced that a new council, born out of the passage of mandate relief signed into law last year, will be meet tomorrow to "[review] and [advance] proposals to reduce the statutory and regulatory burden on local governments and school districts."
"For too many years local governments and school districts have been burdened with growing costs, driving up property taxes and cutting into the delivery of vital services," Cuomo said in a statement. "My budget already includes billions of dollars of relief to help lower costs for taxpayers and this council will continue to build on that effort to ensure more savings for New Yorkers."
Members of the Council include:
- Lawrence Schwartz, Chair, Secretary to the Governor
- Mylan Denerstein, Counsel to the Governor
- Robert Megna, Director of the Division of the Budget
- Cesar Perales, Secretary of State
- David Wakelyn, Deputy Secretary for Education
- James Introne, Deputy Secretary for Health
- Kristin Proud, Deputy Secretary for Human Services, Operations, and Technology
- Senator Elizabeth Little (appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate)
- Senator Jack Martins (appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate)
- Assemblyman Carl Heastie (appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly)
- Assemblyman William Magnarelli (appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly)
Tomorrow's 10 am meeting in Albany is the first public meeting, and will be followed by meetings throughout the state.