On Long Island, Cuomo Basks in Bipartisan Praise for Consolidation Legislation

ALBANY—Flanked by a small army of elected officials at the Long Island Association in Melville, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo presented, as promised, a bill that would make it easier to consolidate local governments, and in the process, help keep property taxes down.
“We represent, historically, the people as consumers,” Cuomo said of his office. “When I became attorney general, I added a new priority, which was government reform.”
This bill, Cuomo explained, arises out of the need to represent citizens “as taxpayers against government.” Suburban voters will no doubt be delighted.
His proposal would not mandate consolidation, but it would allow for the dissolution of a governing body—like a town, village, or special district—after a citizen petition or referendum.

On Long Island, Cuomo Basks in Bipartisan Praise for Consolidation Legislation