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Legislature wants state to hold expenses

PENN YAN--The Yates County legislature received an audience round of applause at the conclusion of their session Monday, March 13 as the theme of much of the discussion centered on keeping the state from mandating expensive programs that stress local government. Chairman Tim Dennis said he seeks to "hold Yates County harmless," in the face of proposed state resolutions that directly affect local programs and services.
A resolution passed that aims at keeping more of the money collected by the local department of motor vehicles (DMV) inside the county. Under current law, the Yates County clerk keeps only 12.5 percent of all fees collected. The rest is passed onto the state. That percentage has not increased since 1999. The new resolution calls for the local agency to keep 25 percent. Local revenues have also been hurt by increasing numbers of residents using the internet rather than appearing in person to conduct DMV business.
The resolution urging New York state to fund the full costs associated with raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 years of age passed unanimously.
A resolution calling on Gov. Cuomo to invest and implement funding for a statewide workforce strategy aimed at local job development passed unanimously.
In other business, the legislature passed a resolution supporting research and funding to address harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Finger Lakes region.
A measure supporting the Friends of the Outlet in their efforts to continue to maintain and improve the outlet trail and its positive impact on tourism passed.
A resolution to allow the sheriff to fill a vacant position for a correctional officer passed. The legislature also designated April 2-8 as National Crime Victim's Week and April 3-9 as National Public Health Week.

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