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Legislature discusses 2011 goals

SCHUYER COUNTY—The Schuyler County Legislative Resolution Review Committee meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 5 included discussion regarding the goals for 2011.
A request was made for clarification of the division of duties between Schuyler County Partnership for Economic Development (SCOPED) and the county administrator when dealing with facilitating and promoting private development. Legislator Barbara Halpin expressed concern regarding the public perception of county monies being used in a private matter. Several legislators joined Administrator Timothy O’Hearn in assuring the partnership of the county, SCOPED, and any private sector. The county would only become involved when an issue arises which necessitated it. The partnership has proven effective, as in the case of the Montour House, which all three entities worked toward approval and completion.
Another goal discussed was the feasibility of the county administrator doing due diligence on consolidating the code enforcement of the county. This issue is re-emerging. Approximately three years ago an assessment program was in the process involving the governing councils. The code enforcement is currently under the control of the towns. There are varying degrees of compliance and competence throughout the county. The idea was to combine the county wide personnel and resources under one authority and create standards and guidelines. However, from the code enforcement agencies' view, the county was merely trying to gain control. Discussions continue at both the town level and the county level.  The new Governor, Andrew Cuomo, has indicated his desire for consolidation.
Other items included a concern voiced by Legislator Phil Barnes of the fragmented system in regards to welfare fraud. All agencies involved are county agencies. Therefore it is a county problem and Schuyler needs to work on systems and standards.
The legislature authorized the Schuyler County District Attorney to submit a grant application for the 2011-12 New York State Violence Against Women Grant. The purpose of this grant is to assist the district attorney's office with retaining a designated prosecutor for violence against women. This grant is estimated to be $41,913 with no county match.



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