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August 15, 2011

 

DiNapoli: Local Government Leadership Institute Helps Prepare State's Leaders

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's Local Government Leadership Institute will bring together officials from all levels of local government to share key leadership principles, discuss regional issues and examine current challenges in government on August 25 at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh.

“The demands faced by local government leaders have never been greater,” DiNapoli said. “The level of complexity and difficulty in delivering services within ever-tightening fiscal constraints is growing.  If we expect local government to work better in New York – and we can’t afford not to – it’s time for the state to provide assistance to make our local governments function as efficiently and effectively as possible. Helping local government leaders do this has to be a priority.”  

DiNapoli established the Local Government Leadership Institute in 2009 to help bring together local government officials to increase dialogue and collaboration, share experiences, raise awareness of common issues, and provide practical suggestions and advice.  At the same time, the Institute reinforces key leadership principles -- skills that can help officials navigate today’s increasingly difficult fiscal environment.

This year, DiNapoli is holding a second Local Government Leadership Institute upstate in partnership with SUNY Plattsburgh.  This year’s theme is “Living Within the Property Tax Cap: Innovative Strategies to Adapt to the New Fiscal Reality.” The Institute will focus on strategies for sustaining fiscal health under a property tax cap, and offering tools to assist government officials in responding to their new budgetary challenges.  The event will be held August 25 in the Angell College Center at SUNY Plattsburgh.  The Institute held its first event of the year at Hofstra University in May. More information on the Institute’s can be found on its website: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/lgli/index.htm.  

“New York’s local officials play a crucial role in our state,” DiNapoli said. “They deal with the day-to-day challenges of providing government services, attracting and retaining businesses, balancing budgets and addressing the needs of residents.  We need to make sure they have the support they need to do the job.”


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