County Leaders Confer In Albany

Three day conference covers gun control, health reforms, Medicaid costs, pension funding and other issues.


Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef joined fellow county executives from across New York in Albany for the three-day New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC) Legislative Conference.

The members deliberated resolutions regarding the NY SAFE Act, funding for
county 9-1-1 communications, public health article 6 reforms, early voting, IDA
reforms, Medicaid costs, and home rule authority.

Vanderhoef welcomed the opportunity to debate issues with officials from other counties.

"During a time when heated political divisiveness often makes headlines, the NYSAC conference is an opportunity for county leaders from diverse regions and backgrounds to come together to  discuss the challenges every county faces," said Vanderhoef.

Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy and State  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman spoke to conference attendees on Monday, with State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli addressed them Tuesday afternoon.

"During the course of this comprehensive conference, county executives raised concerns over a range of issues, including the impact of the  State budget on counties, pension funding, renewable energy, local  Medicaid costs, public safety, budgeting, pre-school special education  reforms, and shared services," said Vanderhoef.

The conference ends Wednesday.

Jody Fox February 06, 2013 at 07:17 PM
They probably will not talk much about the 3 month salary gift that Vandehoef is looking to confer on his appointees with a worker buyout, which also includes union employees. Many employees would jump at the chance to be pension eligible without respect to age. So why not give them a three month salary gift as well. Just another reason the county bonds ard rated just a "notch above speculative" by Moody's .
Pat Godfrey February 06, 2013 at 08:02 PM
How about cutting cost and taxes for the highest taxed state in the country.


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