Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has signed legislation that eliminates more than 120 inactive local public authorities and agencies, including the following:
—Sloatsburg Urban Renewal Agency
—Nyack Urban Renewal Agency
—Peekskill Community Development Agency
—Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency
—Mamaroneck Urban Renewal Agency
—New Rochelle Urban Renewal Agency
—Tuckahoe Urban Renewal Agency
—Yorktown Urban Renewal Agency
—Town of Carmel Industrial Development Agency
—Town of Orangetown Community Development Agency
—Kent Industrial Development Agency
—Peekskill Parking Authority
—City of New Rochelle Parking Authority
—Village of Spring Valley Parking Authority
—City of Peekskill Civic Center Authority
The two bills he signed will scrap 28 local public authorities and roughly 95 urban renewal and industrial development agencies that are either inactive or no longer needed. None of the agencies have outstanding debt or other obligations. The remaining books, records and rights will be transferred to the municipality where they are located.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The new laws, which take effect in 60 days, are a “victory” for taxpayers, said Sen. Michael H. Ranzenhofer, R-Amherst, Erie County.
“For years many of these authorities have been defunct and not serving the residents of New York State. This law is an important step toward simplifying State government and eliminating wasteful and duplicative state agencies. I appreciate the Governor’s swift action to sign this bill into law,” he said in a statement.
Assemblyman William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, said in a statement that the new laws will “advance the State’s effort to maintain an accurate inventory of agencies, and abolish unnecessary sectors of local government.”
The governor recently signed legislation to eliminate the Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency.