In an effort to shrink government, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill abolishing the Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency, according to a news release from the office of state Sen. Greg Ball (R,C-Patterson) Thursday.
The measure will streamline the process for approving new businesses in Mount Kisco, and save local taxpayers money, according to the law’s authors, Ball and Assemb. Robert J. Castelli (R, C-Goldens Bridge), the release said.
“Dissolving the Urban Renewal Agency has eliminated an unnecessary layer of government, which will ultimately save taxpayers dollars,” Castelli said.
Mount Kisco Mayor J. Michael Cindrich began the effort locally to get rid of the authority. “Thank you to Assemblyman Castelli, Senator Ball and Governor Cuomo for recognizing the Urban Renewal Agency is an unfunded mandate which has outlived its intended purpose, and taking the action needed to eliminate it,” he said.
For several years, since passage of the Public Authorities Reform Act, lawmakers have talked about eliminating public authorities that have been flagged by the New York State Authorities Budget Office, the Department of Economic Development, the Office of the State Comptroller, and the Commission on Public Authority Reform, the release said.
“There are 113 other inactive or partially defunct public authorities like the Mount Kisco Urban Renewal Agency still on the books, some of which even have the authority to hire staff, bond, and borrow money,” Castelli said, according to the release.
Castelli said further legislative action is needed to consolidate, eliminate or reform the myriad state agencies, authorities and commissions that have overlapping functions and duties, and to make those that remain more accountable and more efficient. (ARTICLE)