Mandate relief for the long haul
New council chairman sees no quick end to cost-cutting efforts as panel starts mission
By RICK KARLIN, Capitol bureau
Published 10:43 p.m., Wednesday, January 25, 2012
"Mandate relief is not a one-year task," said Larry Schwartz, who chairs the council and serves as Cuomo's top aide. Schwartz also chaired the recently dissolved Mandate Redesign Team, which issued its final recommendations late last year.
Council members will continue to explore ways to trim or even reduce unneeded mandates, or regulations that are imposed on local governments and school districts and which drive up their costs and consequently, the amount of money they charge property taxpayers.
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