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August 25, 2011

DiNapoli: Local Government Leadership Institute Convenes in Plattsburgh

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli's Local Government Leadership Institute today brought together officials from all levels of local government to share key leadership principles, discuss regional issues and examine current challenges in government. DiNapoli provided the keynote address at the Institute's third annual event, which was hosted by the State University of New York at Plattsburgh's Angell College Center.

"The simultaneous drop in revenue and increase in demand for services have left governments struggling to do more with less," said DiNapoli. "We need new approaches and new ideas. Innovation should not be exclusive. It should be shared. A good idea in one town could save taxpayers money in another county. The goal of the Institute is to develop a well-trained pool of local officials and spark ideas for shared services and cost-saving reforms."

The Institute gives local government officials an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of common issues, elicit practical ideas and advice, and increase dialogue and collaboration across governmental boundaries.

The theme of today's Institute is "Living Within the Property Tax Cap: Innovative Strategies to Adapt to the New Fiscal Reality," with Comptroller's Office staff providing general information on the Comptroller's role and how to electronically report information to his office. A number of local government leaders and comptroller's office staffers also shared their expertise on economic growth initiatives, shared services, multi-year financial planning and available grants for local governments.

In May, DiNapoli announced a new section of his Your Money New York website providing financial information and resources on numerous topics. The new section is designed to help local officials meet the needs of their constituents. Resources on the site include information on how local governments can provide residents with financial education, and help local government officials carry out their own financial responsibilities.

Your Money New York (www.yourmoneynewyork.com) was introduced by DiNapoli in 2009 to give New Yorkers easy access to reliable information and useful resources on money-related matters.

nformation on the Local Government Leadership Institute, including agendas, registration information and cost saving ideas from the Office of the State Comptroller, can be found at: http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/lgli/index.htm.

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