New York now has a new government reorganization law that makes it a lot easier for local governments to consider (voluntarily) mergers and consolidations. It also makes it a lot easier for citizens to demand that they do, through a petition and referendum process. And county governments can take a leadership role by pointing out where streamlining and efficiencies can be found.
State Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo (left) deserves credit for a carefully thought-out law, and for skillfully navigating the political waters to get it passed. Now we'll see who steps up to take advantage of the improvements.
The law is the focus of our editorial today, and we've included links to the law and to "how-to" guides as well.
Think there will be any takers?