Partnering with our friends at EnoughMandates.com and NYSAC, we reached out to all 62 counties in New York to join us in demanding mandate relief from Albany lawmakers. Of these, 46 counties heeded the call and took action – passing resolutions, holding town hall meetings, press conferences, and rallies – to educate their citizens and send a message to Albany.
We especially liked the resolution passed by Saratoga County, which not only called on the Governor’s Mandate Relief Council to submit recommendations this year to the Governor and Legislature, but also called for reform of the Mandate Relief Council itself. The Council consists of state legislators and members of the governor’s own office – no county, town, or school representation! This cannot stand – how can the council understand the recommendations and complaints that are pouring in from around the state if no one on the council represents those viewpoints? Warren County picked up on this thought and passed a similar resolution of their own. Warren County also formed an ad hoc committee on Mandate Relief. We are grateful for the leadership of these and other counties who are working diligently to solve this problem.
We want to thank the 46 participating counties for joining us in this in this cause:
Our next steps will be posted soon – stay tuned!