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CITIZENS COMMISSION BEING FORMED TO FOLLOW UP ON FIRE DISTRICT REPORT...REVIEW INTERNAL OPERATIONS..
Release Date: January 04, 2011


I am planning to appoint a follow up citizens commission to the Fire District Consolidation Commission (which released their report and recommendations to the Town Board last year).  The citizens task force will follow up on the recommendations made in last years report.

The Commission will also look for ways to reinvent the way local government operates. The citizens commission will provide documentation and analysis to support their recommendations. The commission will be charged with looking at all internal operations of town government. They will spot check programs, look at sharing and/or consolidation opportunities with neighboring villages.  And, they will be asked to explore possible restructuring of town government. The commission will also advocate for state legislative changes that could make government less costly and more efficient. 

The commission shall consist of distinguished citizens who
have skills in business, finance,the community, government, and all
walks of life that can enhance the commission and have support in the
community. The work of the commission is critical for this will allow
our  political leaders to make informed decisions based on a careful
analysis of the facts not just opinions. We have a window of
opportunity to make these changes now because the public and the media
are clamoring for greater efficiencies in government.
New York State is seriously considering a property tax cap --which will limit tax hikes and require local governments to make significant cuts.

The commission must also balance the costs of
government with the need to provide services that the citizens of our
community expect as part of the quality of life in their Town. We must
also consider the safety net that government provides for those less
fortunate.

If you are interested in working with the citizens commission please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com or Alan Hochberg at ahochberg@greenburghny.com.

It was easier managing town government when times were good --and when local governments had the revenues we needed to support great programs and initiatives. These difficult economic times provide all of us with an opportunity to take a new look at how we're spending your tax dollars and to work harder than ever to give you the maximum value for your tax dollar.

I look forward to working with the commission and encourage Greenburgh residents to partner with your town government in this important initiative.

PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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