According to the article, Picente says:
“I don’t want to keep having meetings in terms of the exploration” “I want to talk to them both and say are we going to do this or not.”Really? Then by now Mr. Picente or someone from his office must have contacted the Department of State regarding a Shared Services Grant. Right, Mr. Picente?
A recent Letter to the Editor from Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, New York secretary of state said in part:
An important goal of the Paterson administration is to reduce our local property tax burdens and ensure that all New Yorkers are receiving value from their tax dollars. We at the Department of State encourage towns, villages and school and special districts to work with us and each other to make certain that this happens.Ms. Cortes-Vazquez goes on to say:
Through the Local Government Efficiency Grant Program, the Department of State works with local governments to reduce the cost and complexity of services. In the last three years, local governments saved some $350 million with a $40 million public investment in 240 shared-services projects all across the state.Interesting...because on October 26, 2009, after reading an article in the Observer Dispatch about consolidation "talks", Concerned Citizens initiated a telephone conversation with Mr. Robert Roeckle at the State Department regarding consolidation of 911. A copy of the report and a summary of our conversation with Mr. Roeckle was emailed to Councilwoman Christine Krupa on November 4, 2009.
Mr. Roeckle told us that right now the State has money available under their Shared Services Program to help with the costs of consolidation. Mr. Roeckle sent us a copy of the consolidation report done by Schenectady County using money from a Shared Services Grant they obtained from the State. In the case of Schenectady County they received $100,000 for their study and another $1 million to implement the consolidation.
Let's stop playing politics, Mr. Picente! There is grant money available so that no one has to bear the burden of any related consolidation costs. Besides, upon information and belief, Oneida County is the designated Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), and all New Hartford and Utica have to do is give the County notice that they are out of the 911 business and Oneida County has to take it over!