PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – Several outdated city authorities will soon be dissolved following passage of legislation in Albany.
Assembly member Sandy Galef (D-Ossining) announced two pieces of legislation Friday that will eliminate unnecessary public authorities.
Entities that will be eliminated in Peekskill are the Peekskill Parking Authority, the Peekskill Community Development Agency and the City of Peekskill Civic Center Authority. These authorities are no longer in operation, and city officials have called for them to be dissolved.
"What we are doing is re-evaluating our government structure,” Galef said. “Wherever possible, we are trying to downsize or eliminate those government entities or authorities which may no longer be beneficial.” Galef supported the passage of both A8823-A/S5227-B and A10288-A/S5198-D, which allow some public authorities to be dissolved, and to transfer their rights, records and property to an identifiable location.
“The City of Peekskill is also looking to right-size government operations and appreciates the efforts of Assemblywoman Sandy Galef in this regard,” said Peekskill Mayor Mary Foster.
All of the authorities to be dissolved by the new laws have been declared inactive by the state Authorities Budget Office, the Office of State Comptroller, the Commission on Public Authority Reform or the Department of Economic Development. The two bills will eliminate 28 local public authorities and 95 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are inactive or no longer needed, according to the governor’s office.
"Since taking office, my administration has worked to make government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers, including doing more with less and finding ways to reduce the costs facing localities," Cuomo said Thursday in a press release. "Given that these authorities and agencies no longer serve the public interest, it only makes sense to do away with them for good. I thank the bill sponsors for their work on these two bills."