Stop the Senate Health Care Bill – Add Your Name

Please sign this petition:

https://www.governor.ny.gov/content/fight-quality-health-care-0

 

 

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Governor Cuomo’s Shared Services Initiative – Greene County

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

1s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

2s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

3s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

4s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

5s-Summary of first County Wide Shared Services Initiative

 

Notes from Public Hearing:

Schools 3 so far committed
If find savings, gov match savings – Only get match money in the first yr
Merger expenses can negate savings in the first year
July determine recommendations and send by 7/15(?) see photo below

Town supervisors meet 3 times June 1, 29 and July
Savings may include workforce reduction

Inquired about getting meeting notes, they are not yet ready
Town Supervisors met and came up with :
1 consolidated ambulances- centralized does not have to be every town
2 shared legal svcs most towns contractual pay hrly rate
3 employee training tech/sex harassment/etc
4 merger of cable franchise agreements / raise franchise fees at this time / set up fund to expand internet access from franchise fees
5 grant writers state and foundations
6 animal control
7 consolidated street lights 27 districts in county not pkg lots etc convert to LEDs different ownership some towns own pole others / Central Hudson own bulb or bulb and wire etc., reduce bills? Net savings?
8 town hall heating, water, parks maintenance
Purchasing
IT / engineering etc – 375 computers
Payroll and accounting systems towns piggyback on county systems software
Property code enforcement
Better product by consolidating?
Property tax collection/clerk
Voter referendum for change of already elected clerks
Banks do for free get rid of tax collector and pay at bank
Tax assessor some doing multiple towns already – six years term – referendum for county wide NEED revaluation of home taxes- expensive updated on line mass appraisal- entire county 34000 properties 4-5year project cost $, monumental exercise get a better product?
Snow plowing – and school districts some contract out – can schools be added to road – timing can they-get rid of highway departments-how put together cost analysis- vehicles materials buildings getting to all needed first, fund in advance
Health- 12 mill self insured entity -health care collective consortium current/group purchasing
Tompkins county Ithaca consolidated save 3mill /yr / collective bargaining, would all care stay same? Towns will save money
Approval from state and pre fund
All same plan fund in advance
Records management- shift to online data and central storage and then old data archival effort guidelines for number of years kept, doesn’t need to be on paper
Consolidated courts unified system reduce number of referendum needed complex costs small towns wasting money
Lots of work required
Panelists – Town Supervisors
Come back with more ideas
Towns have to defend decision to not participate / Catskill won’t participate in ambulance consolidation
Home rule – want it so put it on tax rolls for town
Town police overlaps with sheriff and state police
Local towns police Needed?
Where does it make sense and how do you get consensus? Problem with ambulance 3 yrs
?s – Quality reduces? Efficiency? Lose service via consolidation? Money saved vs other negative impacts
80perct of taxes unfounded / government mandate true?
260 miles of county roads to maintain we can’t do all because of low money
Gov mandates without funding… true? (Say’s $ to be paid to counties is in State Budget that is not approved, will the $ get approved? When, after the work is done? Will this $ be removed? Depends on next Governor elected in fall 2018
Anne shared data of school shared services
Use resources better-ex: food service better product bulk purchase so reduced cost
Special ed teacher cover multiple districts
650 sq miles
Schools already doing and savings
Piggy back service
Volume procurement saves money
Once consolidated –
Who do you complain to?
Save money one yr or every year?
Towns come together based on area/logistics?

August

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Questions ….

Who chooses governing org of each group?
How is public involved in decision making?
Next year go thru same exercise – why?
Missed
Two year program
Short time period 45days too tight
Not a collective refund
3rd part comes in to do evaluation

Confusing…
14towns have tax levy -money needed for expenses
Warrant completely colllected

County prints bill town sends and collects it
Towns get money first ?
Who gets refund from State? How divide?

Elections charge back to towns for costs , stop doing

Realtors…

Incentives for 2nd home purchase 2nd home owner taxes reduced?

County chases tax payment

Take away jobs and money going into county?
Assessing properties –
County would have to become assessing authority by referendum on ballot
If county takes over
Assessing is not collection

Start collecting data now
Do biggest cost savings first
Code enforcement use ny state rules but consolidated
Planning board zoning board environmental consolidation?

Is there a mandate for services to be cut from taxes if consolidated?
Not better product just tax reduction?

Where is money coming from?

Subcommittee to cooperate with Columbia county?

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Last Public Hearing on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative

The 3rd of 3 Public Hearings on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Windham this Tuesday ~ Please come to this meeting!

Bring ideas of how Greene County can consolidate efforts to improve service and save taxpayers money.

PUBLIC HEARING – County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Windham this Tuesday

June 13 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue
Centre Property
Windham, NY United States

Public HearingGovernor’s Shared Services Initiative

Please come to this public hearing, we need your support.

Thank YOU!

Greene County Democratic Committee

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi-2

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:

A thoughtful piece on our challenges and opportunities as we Take Back the House in 2018!  And don’t forget the 74 town races in 2017. Do you have candidates identified in your town?

https://www.google.com/amp/s/mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/can-democrats-save-themselves.amp.html
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GreeneDems.org – More Info
GCDC on Flickr – Event Photos
GCDC on Facebook

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Public Hearing on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative

This is the 2nd of 3 Public Hearings on the County Wide Shared Services Initiative ~ in Cairo this Tuesday ~ Please come to this meeting!

Bring ideas of how Greene County can consolidate efforts to improve service and save money.

PUBLIC HEARING – CWSSI
June 6 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue:
Greene County Emergency Control and Training Center
25 Volunteer Drive
Cairo, NY 12413 United States
Phone:
518-622-3643
http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi

Public HearingGovernor’s Shared Services Initiative

Please come to this public hearing, we need your support.

Thank YOU!

Greene County Democratic Committee

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-cwssi 

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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The 3rd meeting will be held in Windham:

June 13 @ 6:30 pm
Greene County Legislature, Public Hearings
Venue
Centre Property
Windham, NY United States

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GreeneDems.org – More Info
GCDC on Flickr – Event Photos
GCDC on Facebook

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Want to Run for Local Office?

Want to Run for Local Office?
74 Local Elections in November 2017 ~
GCDC_Local_Elections 2017

Find what office to run for and contact your Town Chair here ~ http://greenedems.org/?page_id=39

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PUBLIC HEARING – GOVERNOR’S SHARED SERVICES INITIATIVE ~ May 30 @ 6:30 pm

Please come to this meeting if you are available, public participation is needed.

http://greenegovernment.com/event/public-hearing-governors-shared-services-initiative

https://www.ny.gov/programs/shared-services-initiative

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Latest Reports on the Impact of the Republican’s American Health Care Act

Devastating.

There is no other way to describe the latest reports on the impact of the Republican’s American Health Care Act. 23 million people would lose their health care according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, states would lose $834 billion in federal funds for their Medicaid programs and in New York, 2.7 million people would be left without health coverage.

That’s 1 in every 7 New Yorkers who would be shut out of potentially life-saving medical careAnother 7 million New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid and other services created under the Affordable Care Act would also be put at risk.

And all this comes with a hefty price tag – a loss of nearly $7 billion in health care funding in New York alone.

Fewer people covered and much greater cost for taxpayers is a prescription for disaster.

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But the bad news doesn’t stop there. The AHCA would also defund Planned Parenthood, strip away access to reproductive health services, and deny low-income New Yorkers tax credits used to lower insurance costs.

Their bill will deny millions of Americans access to critical health programs like maternity and pediatric services, opioid addiction treatment, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It would set our country back to the darkest days of the Great Depression when getting sick was a financial death blow.

In New York, we don’t look back and we’re not going to let this Congress take us back to the days when going to a doctor meant going broke. So please, reach out to your member of Congress and make your voice count.

Think of your friends and family. Think of yourself. Now think of a country where health care is unaffordable and unattainable for you and the people you love.

That’s not who we are as New Yorkers. If you feel the same way, please join us in sending a message to Congress. 

In unity,

Andrew Cuomo

 

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Want to run for local office?

Talk to your Town Chair, we are setting up interviews for potential Candidates in 2017 and 2018 ~

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Faso Lied to this Constituent with a Brain Lesion

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Spring Canvass!!! Sunday, May 7th ~ Headquarters in Catskill

NY 19 Votes Spring Canvass

Sign Up ~ Show Up! You don’t have to live in Catskill or Windham to participate. Come to the training in Catskill or Windham, and then go to your neighborhood or town to canvass. It’s easy!  Canvassing now will help all our candidates this November, and next November.

Join us and help make our NY 19 Votes Spring Canvass as powerful as possible. Let’s continue to register and engage voters across the district! Sign Up!  http://bit.ly/NY19SpringCanvass

GREENE COUNTY: Information will be the same in both locations
Catskill: 466 Main Street, Catskill, NY 12414
Windham: Higher Grounds Coffee, 61 NY-296, Windham, NY 12496 – (518) 734-4120

May 07, 2017 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Host Contact Info: resistancevotereg@gmail.com
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Site Canvassing:  On May 7th along with knocking doors we’ll be training and sending canvassers to bus stops, shopping plaza parking lots, parks and everywhere there is heavy foot traffic to talk to voters and folks who need to register to vote.

Neighborhood Team Leaders— We’re seeking dedicated volunteers and teams to adopt neighborhoods and canvass those neighborhoods throughout the entire election cycle.  Neighborhood Team Leaders will receive extensive training to listen to, learn from, then energize and activate their neighborhood electorate in November.

Let us know where you would like to canvass in advance, we’ll have the lists ready for you.

https://actionnetwork.org/events/ny-19-votes-spring-canvass

on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1308585082522154/

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Thank You for participating in the Salute to FDR!

Thank you for participating in the 2017 Salute to FDR.  We appreciate your efforts, and your support!

Thank You CD 19 Candidates:  Brian Flynn, Sue Sullivan, Antonio Delgado, Steven Brisee, Patrick Ryan, and Jeffrey Beals.  

The money raised at this event will be used to support Democratic Candidates in the 76 local races in Greene County in 2017. Want to Run?

2017 Salute to FDR Photos on Flickr and on Facebook

Photographs of the event – links:

On Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155140355888971.1073741841.55065498970&type=1&l=463985d862

On Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHskW8JUcb

 

 

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Climate March in Hudson • April 29th • 11AM

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Greene County Broadband and NY “Broadband for All by 2018” ~ April 2nd, 2017

Updates coming soon…

For more information, please contact Beth Schneck at bSchneckPhoto@gmail.com – updates coming soon.

The Broadband Program Office has made Round III RFP guidelines available and will begin accepting applications for broadband funding on the Consolidated Funding Application portal starting on June 6, 2017, and applications must be submitted by August 15, 2017. The New NY Broadband Program sets as a requirement for service a goal of 100 Mbps download speeds, with 25 Mbps acceptable in the most remote and rural areas.
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https://www.nysbroadband.ny.gov
https://www.ny.gov/programs/broadband-all
https://www.fcc.gov/reports-research/reports/broadband-progress-reports/2016-broadband-progress-report
https://www.greenegovernment.com/news-press/greene-county-isps-broadband
https://www.greenegovernment.com/news-press/nys-phase-ii-grants-to-bring-broadband-to-4391-unserved-and-underserved-greene-county-homes-and-businesses
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http://www.ottcommunications.com/regional-broadband-approaches/

Columbia County Information as reference – ConnectColumbiaCounty.com :
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Greene County Jail Information ~ April, 22nd 2017

Greene County is planning to build a new county jail. A meeting was held in New Baltimore to update voters on the jail project and ask questions. Speakers:  Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator, Bill Lawrence, chair of Greene County Legislature Committee on Public Safety, and Lori Torgersen and Pat Linger, members of the Committee on Public Safety. Lori Torgersen is chair of a new committee on alternatives to incarceration.

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Audio Feature: April 18 Greene County jail information meeting

Apr 20, 2017 12:02 am • Staff

The New Baltimore Democrats held an information session about the proposed new Greene County Jail Tue. April 18. Under the proposal, the county would build a new jail in Coxsackie, moving from next to the county courthouse in Catskill. County administrator Shaun Groden, and county legislators William Lawrence (R-Cairo), Lori Torgersen (D-Windham-Ashland-Jewett-Prattsville), and Pat Linger (R-New Baltimore) were scheduled to attend. The exact cost of the new jail has yet to be determined, but previous reports put the price tag at nearly $70 million, plus the cost of the interest on the bond. The information meeting was held at the Medway-Grapeville Firehouse in Hannacroix.

Beth Schneck recorded the meeting for WGXC.
Click here to download or listen to Part 1 the meeting.
Click here to download or listen to Part 2 the meeting.

Call to order
First speaker: Shaun Groden, Greene County Administrator
20:00
Average stay in the county jail is less than 50 days
21:00
Drug treatment and training
30:00
Greene County receives no money from the state of New York
33:22
Reducing size? Cells come in pairs; double-bed cells
39:42
How much? Started at $51.3 million, now at $46.7 million. More will be cut. This represents the cost of building only, and not amortized over 30 years.
49:00
Interest rate is locked in. Description of how this process works.
51:30
Not able to whittle down price below $38 million.
56:40
Greene County Legislator Lori Torgersen for the 6th District (Prattsville, Ashland, Windham, Jewett)
1:06:00
Shaun Groden
1:23:00
Solar usage at jail
1:26:00
Water reservoir used and concerns

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For info on the jail project:
http://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
https://www.facebook.com/GreeneCountyJailProject

For info on the meeting:
Jake Colwell s.jacob.colwell@gmail.com
Anne Mitchell annewalshmitchell@gmail.com
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Greene County Jail Summary: For more information, please contact Beth Schneck at bSchneckPhoto@gmail.com – Current plan not included below, updates coming soon.  See above for info on public meeting to discuss the Greene County Jail project.
From Mountaintop Progressives Meeting on the Jail: 
http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3ac51572-0477-11e7-b197-9f4d2dac14a9.html?mode=jqm

Lawmakers attempt to quell rumors about cost of proposed county jail: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_5bbae200-054b-11e7-9f2f-a3f6f32e03bb.html?mode=jqm

Interest Rate Locked in: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_659771be-0f5d-11e7-9b9c-f79bc3bd97fe.html?mode=jqm

“Funding from the USDA carries an interest rate of 2.75 percent, which will be locked in on the date the application is approved, according to the resolution.

The rate will be locked into what the current interest rates are at the second quarter of 2017, not what the rates will be in the fourth quarter in 2020, when the project is expected to completed, Greene County Administrator Shaun Groden said Tuesday.

The USDA money will not be available to the county until the project is completed. Construction loans and general obligation bonds will be sought to pay all of the contractors involved with the project, Groden said.”

Alternatives to incarceration: http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm
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http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm

 

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GCDC Salute to FDR – Thursday, April 27th – Buy Tickets Now!

uy Tickets Now ~ click on FDR Photo Below, or at  GreeneDems.org click on FDR photo in Column on the Right of the Page ~ Please purchase tickets by midnight Monday,  April 24th.

The candidates that will be speaking at this event are:  Brian Flynn, Sue Sullivan, Antonio Delgado, Steven Brisee and Patrick Ryan.  

The money raised at this event will be used to support Democratic Candidates in the 76 local races in Greene County in 2017. Want to Run?

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Greene County Jail Information Meeting – April 18th – 7-9pm

Audio Recording of the Meeting is Here Thanks to WGXC! 

The 2 audio recordings overlap, part 2 starts at 4:05 on part 1 (which covers 47:00 minutes of the meeting). You can listen to part 2 only, the first 4 minutes were primarily about the difference between a county jail and state prison.
0 – 56:40 – 1st Speaker – Shaun Groden
20:00 – Average stay in jail under 50 days
21ish – Drug treatment and training
30:00 – Greene County gets no money from NY State
33:22 – Shrink size? Cells come in pairs/double bed cells
39:42 – How much cost? Started at 51.3 million, now at 46.7 million more will be cut (this is build cost only, not amortized over 30 years – see chart)
49:00 – Interest rate is locked in – describes how this process works
51:30 – Not able to whittle down price below 38million
56:40 – 2nd Speaker – Lori Torgersen
1:06 – Shaun Groden
1:23 – Solar usage at jail to 1:26
1:26 – Water reservoir used and concerns

https://wavefarm.org/wgxc/newsroom/1s5cx3

Additional information here: http://greenedems.org/?p=4298
https://greenegovernment.com/greene-government/proposed-jail-project
https://facebook.com/GreeneCountyJailProject
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Greene County Transit

Interested in Greene County Transit?
Info: http://greenegovernment.com/greene-county-transit
Routes: http://greenegovernment.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Route-Guide.pdf

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Latest Greene County Jail Update

Officials defend alternatives to incarceration in some instances as jail vote nears

http://m.thedailymail.net/news/article_3fd9f09a-1657-11e7-9038-17881876129f.html?mode=jqm

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House Republicans pull health care bill

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/politics/house-health-care-vote/

“The decision to delay the vote marks an acute embarrassment for Trump, who had gambled big by presenting holdout House conservatives with a take-it-or-leave it ultimatum on Thursday night and put his own credibility on the line.

It also puts Ryan in a much weakened political position, after being defied by his own conference, which seems just as unsuited to governing in the Trump era as it was when it was effectively a protest coalition under Obama.

It became clear during a day of intense political intrigue Friday that despite fierce arm-twisting by Trump, Ryan and other leaders that the votes simply were not there to pass the bill and the leadership and the White House were headed for a lopsided defeat.”

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Congratulations Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Village Board Member Joe Kozloski!

Congratulations Joe Kozloski! Village of Catskill Final tally, after the counting of the absentee ballots: Joe Kozloski 317, Peter Grasse 264 – Joe by 53 votes.

VILLAGE ELECTIONS – March 21, 2017
Congratulations to all our candidates. All ran hard with a willingness to engage in governing.

We had victories in Catskill with Joe Kozloski. Coxsackie with Donnie Daoust. Tannersville with Lee McGunnigle. Congratulations all as you transition to governing.

To those who campaigned with commitment and effort but fell short, we thank you for the hard work. No one knows how difficult it is running for office until you’ve tried it.

We have 72 positions available throughout our town elections in November. Want to run? We’ll set you up, all you need is heart and a belief that good government requires choice.

Photos are of the swearing in ceremony.

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