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May 17, 2011


DiNapoli: Third Annual Local Government Leadership Institute Convenes at Hofstra

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. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy was the keynote speaker at the Institute's third annual event, which was hosted by Hofstra University's Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.

"The simultaneous drop in revenue and increase in demand for services have left governments struggling to do more with less," said DiNapoli. "We need a new approach and new ideas. The Local Government Leadership Institute brings local government leaders together to learn from one another, to build relationships and to collaborate.

"Innovation 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 spark shared services and cost-saving reforms."

"Local and state governments need to work together to address the problems facing areas such as Long Island and to help them develop their economic strengths and grow in sustainable ways," said Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy. "I commend our Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli for convening this conference. The leadership and management training offered by the Local Government Leadership Institute will be invaluable in bringing local government leaders together to learn from one another, to build relationships, and collaborate."

DiNapoli said the Institute gives officials from different classes of local government an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of common issues, elicit practical ideas and advice, and increase dialogue and collaboration across governmental boundaries. DiNapoli said current training programs tend to group officials based on government class and in some cases by function.

The theme of this year's Institute is "Creating Revenue Through Sustainable Economic Growth." In addition to Lieutenant Governor Duffy, a number of local government leaders shared their expertise in two panel discussions focused on economic growth initiatives and available grants. Visit the Institute's website at to learn more.

DiNapoli also announced a new section of his Your Money New York website. Your Money New York provides financial information and resources. The new section is designed to help local governments meet the needs of their constituents. The government resources on the site include information on how local governments can empower residents through financial education, as well as tools to empower local government officials in carrying out their own financial responsibilities. Your Money New York ( is a website introduced by DiNapoli in 2009 to give New Yorkers easy access to reliable information and useful resources on money-related matters.

Visit the Local Government Leadership Institute website 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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