Senator Stewart-Cousins Proposes Dissolving 118 Defunct Public Authorities

 

Legislation Cuts Wasteful Government Agencies and Increases Efficiency


(Albany)- Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (35th District- D/WF/I), ranking member of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, is urging passage of legislation (S.2845), which she sponsors, that would eliminate 118 inactive or defunct public authorities and agencies around the state.


The list of authorities is comprised of local urban renewal agencies; community development agencies; industrial development agencies and parking authorities which are currently authorized by State law, but were either never activated, or ceased to operate after a limited time. These authorities were confirmed to be defunct as the result of a year-long investigation by Senator Stewart-Cousins’ office. All localities affected by this legislation agreed to dissolution and none of these 118 authorities maintain any outstanding debt or obligations.


“It is important that we not allow these defunct public authorities to go unchecked because they needlessly increase the size of our government,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “Some of these authorities have been inactive for 30 years, and many were never even operational to begin with. This bill dissolves these inactive agencies, reduces the size of our government and provides a good step towards more efficient and cost-effective delivery of services.”


Senator Stewart-Cousins first introduced this legislation last year, as Chair of the Senate’s Local Government Committee, and this year, the measure gained sponsorship in the Assembly by Assemblyman George Latimer. The Senator has contacted Local Committee Chairman Jack Martins, to request that he help move the bill out of committee to the Senate floor for a full vote. In addition, Senator Stewart-Cousins has contacted her Senate colleagues whose districts include one or more of these 118 defunct public authorities, and encouraged them to sign on to the bill as co-sponsors.


“The elimination of these needless government entities would be a great start to the important work of cutting waste and inefficiency in New York State,” added Stewart-Cousins.


In a memo of support, the New York State Public Authorities Federation commented: “Most of the authorities eliminated through this legislation are not even functioning, yet inexplicably they remain in existence.” The memo continued, “New


York would be better served by reducing the number of quasi-public agencies as suggested by this bill.”


Of the 118 defunct authorities, nine are located in Westchester County, and one of which is the Tarrytown Urban Renewal Agency, which Village Administrator Michael Blau says was non-operational even before he became Administrator in 1987.


“It certainly makes sense to eliminate any subset of government that doesn’t serve any particular purpose at the local level, and the Urban Renewal Agency serves no purpose in the Village of Tarrytown,” said Tarrytown Village Administrator Michael Blau.


In March of 2010, the legislature passed the Public Authorities Accountability Act to bring greater accountability to New York’s over 700 public authorities. Since then, public authorities throughout the State have been subject to oversight by the Legislature, the Comptroller, the Attorney General and the New York State Authorities Budget Office.


Please see below for the complete list of the 118 defunct public authorities in New York State that would be dissolved in this legislation.


 


Defunct Public Authorities


 


INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES


 


City of Beacon Industrial Development Agency


Town of Carmel Industrial Development Agency


Town of Deerpark Industrial Development Agency


Town of East Greenbush Industrial Development Agency


Town of East Hampton Industrial Development Agency


Village of Greenport Industrial Development Agency


Town of Horseheads Industrial Development Agency


Village of Horseheads Industrial Development Agency


Village of Keesesville Industrial Development Agency


Village of Lake Placid Industrial Development Agency


Town of Oyster Bay Industrial Development Agency


Town of Queensbury Industrial Development Agency


Town of Schodack Industrial Development Agency


 


URBAN RENEWAL AGENCIES; DEVELOPMENT AGENCIES, PARKING AUTHORITIES AND OTHER AUTHORITIES


 


Village of Albion Urban Renewal AgencyAlfred, Almond, Hornellsville Sewer Authority


Amsterdam Parking Authority


Village of Auburn Urban Renewal Agency


Baldwinsville Urban Renewal Agency


Beacon Community Development Agency


Town of Bethlehem Urban Renewal Agency


Town of Brookhaven Resource Recovery Agency


Broome County Resource Recovery Agency


Village of Canajoharie Urban Renewal Agency


City of Canandaigua Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Catskill Urban Renewal Agency


Chautauqua Sports, Recreation and Cultural Authority


Clayville Urban Renewal Agency


City of Cohoes Urban Renewal Agency


Town of Colonie Urban Renewal Agency


Dolgeville Community Development Agency


Dunkirk Urban Renewal Agency


Village of East Rochester Urban Renewal Agency


Ellenville Urban Renewal Agency


Elmira Parking Authority


County of Essex Solid Waste Management Authority


Fallsburg Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Fayetteville Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Fort Edward Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Fredonia Urban Renewal Agency


Fulton Parking Authority


Village of Geneseo Urban Renewal Agency


Gouverneur Urban Renewal Agency


Greater Troy Area Solid Waste Management Authority


Village of Greenport Urban Renewal Agency


Town of Guilderland Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Hamburg Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Hilton Urban Renewal Agency


Hornell Urban Renewal Agency


Hudson Parking Authority


Village of Hudson Falls Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Island Park Urban Renewal Agency


Ilion Urban Renewal Agency


Johnson City Parking Authority


Village of Johnson City Urban Renewal Agency


Lancaster Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Liberty Urban Renewal Agency


Lockport Urban Renewal Agency


City of Long Beach Parking Authority


Long Beach Urban Renewal Agency


Long Island Job Development Authority


Long Island Market Authority


Village of Lynbrook Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Lyons Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Massena Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Medina Urban Renewal Agency


Monroe Parking Authority


Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency


Multi-Town Solid Waste Management Authority


Village of New Hartford Urban Renewal AgencyVillage of New Paltz Urban Renewal Agency


City of New Rochelle Parking Authority


New Rochelle Urban Renewal Agency


Newark Urban Renewal Agency


Newburgh Community Development Agency


City of North Tonawanda Parking Authority


Norwich Urban Renewal Agency


Nyack Urban Renewal Agency


Ogdensburg Urban Renewal Agency


Oneonta Urban Renewal Agency


Town of Orangetown Urban Renewal Agency


Oswego Urban Renewal Agency


Owego Parking Authority


Palmyra Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Pawling Urban Renewal Agency


City of Peekskill Civic Center Authority


Peekskill Community Development Agency


Peekskill Parking Authority


Village of Penn Yan Urban Renewal Agency


Plattsburgh Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Port Jervis Parking Authority


Potsdam Urban Renewal Agency


City of Poughkeepsie Parking Authority


Rensselaer Urban Renewal Agency


Historic Rome Development Authority


Rome Parking AuthoritySalamanca Hospital District Authority


Salamanca Indian Lease Authority


Salamanca Urban Renewal Agency


Saranac Lake Urban Renewal Agency


Sloatsburg Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Spring Valley Parking Authority


Village of East Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency


Village of North Syracuse Urban Renewal Agency


Tarrytown Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Thomaston Urban Renewal Agency


Tuckahoe Urban Renewal Agency


Utica Parking Authority


Utica Transit Authority


Town of Walkill Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Walden Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Warwick Urban Renewal Agency


Washingtonville Urban Renewal Agency


Watertown Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Waverly Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Webster Urban Renewal Agency


Village of Whitehall Urban Renewal Agency


Woodridge Urban Renewal Agency


Yorktown Urban Renewal Agency