Continuing their long-term vision to share resources and reduce costs for both the County and the local municipalities, the Legislature voted unanimously to place Sheriff personnel in Ulster BOCES and Rondout Valley Central School District schools as School Resource Officers as well as municipal agreements with Hardenburgh and Gardiner for the shared maintenance of county roads.
“Ensuring appropriate personnel and equipment is located in the right place at the right time, is essential for not only the safety of our residents but offers the taxpayers a continual approach to savings,” stated Legislative Chairman John Parete.
The reduction of duplication will also generate the long-term relief and planning that is requisite of the Ulster County Legislature.
Vice Chairman Dave Donaldson commented, “Whether it be cutting expenses in a town budget or simply putting resources to work in the most efficient manner possible, these agreements directly impact the Towns of Esopus, Marbletown, Rochester, Rosendale, Hardenburgh, and Gardiner. With these as the examples, initiatives such as making Villages whole will keep the focus on helping at local level our number one priority.”
As the County, municipalities and School Districts begin the process to develop the 2016 Government Efficiency Plans as recently enacted by Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature as part of the Property Tax Freeze Credit (Freeze Credit), they will be one-step ahead with the continuation of these agreements and shared service opportunities.