Several state leaders and good government groups are backing Cuomo's inititative.
Barbara Bartoletti of the League of Woman Voters said, "In this new economic reality, we applaud the attorney general for addressing an issue that will provide for the possibility of a leaner, more efficient government, and we look forward to working with his office as this process moves forward."
In Albany County, shared municipal services have been in talks for the past couple of years. Some of it has brought controversy, such as a failed proposal two years ago to combine the Town of Berne Highway Department with Albany County's.
Other initiatives appear to be more successful, such as several consortiums of municipalities that have been founded to deal with various services such as stormwater management, health insurance and even purchasing fuel oil.
"Over the years, many attempts to institute more efficient methods of governing through shared municipal services have been halted due to New York's arcane legal barriers," said Albany County Executive Mike Breslin.
"Attorney General Cuomo's proposed legislation provides a process that takes down those road blocks and gives communities an opportunity to institute reform." ""