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June 14, 2012


DiNapoli: Leadership Event to Assist Local Governments

Annual Leadership Institute Focuses on Tax Cap, New Fiscal Realities

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s Local Government Leadership Institute today brought together officials from all levels of local government to discuss key regional issues and examine potential solutions to the current challenges in government.

The institute's fourth 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, primarily focused on the challenges of the first year of operating under the state’s property tax cap.

“Local government officials frequently turn to my office for guidance on the property tax cap,” said DiNapoli. “Today’s event provided a forum to further discuss the cap and how this initiative will continue to impact municipalities and school districts across the region. Local governments understand that they need a new approach and new ideas in these challenging economic times.”

DiNapoli established the Local Government Leadership Institute in 2009 to help bring together local government officials to increase dialogue and collaboration, share experiences, raise awareness of common issues and provide practical suggestions. At the same time, the institute reinforces key leadership principles – skills that can help officials navigate today’s increasingly difficult fiscal environment.

“Innovation should be shared,” said DiNapoli. “The goal of the institute is to establish a well-trained pool of local officials who can help cultivate shared services and cost-saving reforms across Long Island. A good idea in one town or school district could save taxpayers money in another community.”

Robert B. Ward, deputy comptroller for budget and policy analysis, delivered the event’s keynote address. Ward, who has studied and written about New York State government for more than 25 years, is the former deputy director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University of Albany.

“New York has entered a new era of state and local fiscal policy,” said Ward. “It’s essential that we understand clearly both the progress we have made and the challenges that lie ahead”

Panelists included: Wayne Wink, Nassau County legislator; Kathleen Murray, Town of Hempstead supervisor; Ralph Kreitzman, Village of Great Neck mayor; and Gary Bixhorn, chief operating officer at Eastern Suffolk BOCES.

For more information about the institute and cost saving ideas from DiNapoli's Office, visit the Local Government Leadership Institute website at:



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