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May 26, 2010

DiNapoli: Second Annual Local Government Leadership Institute Convenes at Hofstra

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Local Government Leadership Institute (Institute) brought together leaders from all levels of government to share key leadership principles, discuss regional issues, explore collaboration opportunities and discuss current challenges in government. The Institute’s second annual event is hosted by Hofstra University’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

“Unemployment is up, revenues are down, and there’s an increase in demand for government services,” DiNapoli said. “In short, government has had to do more with less. We need a new approach and new ideas to deal with the very harsh fiscal reality local governments face. The Local Government Leadership Institute brings local government leaders together to learn from one another, to build relationships and to collaborate on ways to govern more effectively and efficiently.”

DiNapoli said that one of the more valuable aspects of the Institute is that it gives officials from different classes of local government an opportunity to exchange ideas and effective practices. This type of cross training fills a void in current training programs, which tend to group officials based on government class and in some cases by function. DiNapoli said a well-trained pool of local government officials is vital to initiating shared services and successfully implementing cost-saving reform measures.

The theme of the 2010 Institute is “Essential Tools for Navigating Turbulent Economic Times.” Through panel discussions and interactive workshops, the 2010 Institute will focus on the importance of cost savings and shared services. Dr. Merryl H. Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, a champion for raising educational standards and instilling greater accountability within New York’s schools, is the Institute’s keynote speaker.

Hofstra University’s Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the National Center for Suburban Studies provide a unique opportunity to examine issues related specifically to Long Island. Long Island is densely populated, has a high median income level and relatively low poverty. At the same time, property owners on Long Island pay some of the highest property taxes in the state. The Institute will bring local officials together with subject matter experts to discuss a range of important topics.

DiNapoli said the next Leadership Institute will be held on June 10 in Buffalo in partnership with Cornell University’s Community and Regional Development Institute.

Visit the Local Government Leadership Institute Web site at: for more information about the Institute, including agendas, registration information and cost saving ideas from the State Comptroller’s Office.


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