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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**
May 4, 2011
Contact:
John Tomlin(914) 703-1655JLTomlin@gmail.com
Senator Stewart-Cousins Proposes Dissolving 118 Defunct PublicAuthorities
 Legislation Cuts Wasteful Government Agencies and Increases Efficiency
(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35
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“The elimination of these needless government entities would be a great start to the importantwork of cutting waste and inefficiency in New York State,” added Stewart-Cousins.In a memo of support, the New York State Public Authorities Federation commented: “Most of the authorities eliminated through this legislation are not even functioning, yet inexplicably theyremain in existence.” The memo continued, “New York would be better served by reducing thenumber of quasi-public agencies as suggested by this bill.”Of the 118 defunct authorities, nine are located in Westchester County, and one of which is theTarrytown Urban Renewal Agency, which Village Administrator Michael Blau says was non-operational even before he became Administrator in 1987.“It certainly makes sense to eliminate any subset of government that doesn’t serve any particular  purpose at the local level, and the Urban Renewal Agency serves no purpose in the Village of Tarrytown,” said Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau.In March of 2010, the legislature passed the Public Authorities Accountability Act to bringgreater accountability to New York’s over 700 public authorities. Since then, public authoritiesthroughout the State have been subject to oversight by the Legislature, the Comptroller, theAttorney General and the New York State Authorities Budget Office.Please see below for the complete list of the 118 defunct public authorities in New York Statethat would be dissolved in this legislation.
Defunct Public AuthoritiesINDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
City of Beacon Industrial Development AgencyTown of Carmel Industrial Development AgencyTown of Deerpark Industrial Development AgencyTown of East Greenbush Industrial Development AgencyTown of East Hampton Industrial Development AgencyVillage of Greenport Industrial Development AgencyTown of Horseheads Industrial Development AgencyVillage of Horseheads Industrial Development AgencyVillage of Keesesville Industrial Development AgencyVillage of Lake Placid Industrial Development AgencyTown of Oyster Bay Industrial Development AgencyTown of Queensbury Industrial Development AgencyTown of Schodack Industrial Development Agency
URBAN RENEWAL AGENCIES; DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, PARKINGAUTHORITIES AND OTHER AUTHORITIES
Village of Albion Urban Renewal AgencyAlfred, Almond, Hornellsville Sewer AuthorityAmsterdam Parking Authority
 
Village of Auburn Urban Renewal AgencyBaldwinsville Urban Renewal AgencyBeacon Community Development AgencyTown of Bethlehem Urban Renewal AgencyTown of Brookhaven Resource Recovery AgencyBroome County Resource Recovery AgencyVillage of Canajoharie Urban Renewal AgencyCity of Canandaigua Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Catskill Urban Renewal AgencyChautauqua Sports, Recreation and Cultural AuthorityClayville Urban Renewal AgencyCity of Cohoes Urban Renewal AgencyTown of Colonie Urban Renewal AgencyDolgeville Community Development AgencyDunkirk Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of East Rochester Urban Renewal AgencyEllenville Urban Renewal AgencyElmira Parking AuthorityCounty of Essex Solid Waste Management AuthorityFallsburg Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Fayetteville Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Fort Edward Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Fredonia Urban Renewal AgencyFulton Parking AuthorityVillage of Geneseo Urban Renewal AgencyGouverneur Urban Renewal AgencyGreater Troy Area Solid Waste Management AuthorityVillage of Greenport Urban Renewal AgencyTown of Guilderland Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Hamburg Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Hilton Urban Renewal AgencyHornell Urban Renewal AgencyHudson Parking AuthorityVillage of Hudson Falls Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Island Park Urban Renewal AgencyIlion Urban Renewal AgencyJohnson City Parking AuthorityVillage of Johnson City Urban Renewal AgencyLancaster Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Liberty Urban Renewal AgencyLockport Urban Renewal AgencyCity of Long Beach Parking AuthorityLong Beach Urban Renewal AgencyLong Island Job Development AuthorityLong Island Market AuthorityVillage of Lynbrook Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Lyons Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Massena Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of Medina Urban Renewal Agency

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