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McCoy: County can meet tax cap by 2015

County executive says consolidation is key to future

At his State of the County address, Monday, March 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy addressed several issues, including consolidation and building partnerships.

At his State of the County address, Monday, March 11, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy addressed several issues, including consolidation and building partnerships. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— In the way of cost savings, McCoy touted an emergency dispatch agreement that handed dispatch duties to the sheriff’s office in Watervliet, Cohoes and Green Island. McCoy said he would like to pursue more consolidations other municipalities. The county also consolidated areas like the law department by moving the Department of Social Services and Department of Children Youth and Families’ legal staff into one office.

“Consolidation means the cost of doing business will continue to go down,” McCoy said. “This will enable us to reach the 2 percent property tax cap. That means you, the taxpayer, will save money.”

McCoy also made mention of a number of social initiatives the county pursued in 2012. Free hands-only CPR training was rolled out, as was a program on educating the public of unsafe infant sleeping.

The county executive also announced he would make “green” initiatives a priority in 2013, especially when it comes to paper use reduction. The county will be purchasing “CoSign,” a software program that will allow for digital signatures to reduce the “staggering amount of paperwork to be signed on a weekly basis,” McCoy said. The county will also be issuing the Albany County Team Green task force to propose new ways the county can further cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

“As a father, I know how important this is for the next generation … our children. We will leave a better planet for our kids,” he said.

In last year’s address, McCoy announced he would make solving the county’s nursing home crisis a priority. One year later, a lease agreement with a private company is on the table but is seemingly mired in the County Legislature. In his speech, McCoy urged legislators to sign the agreement, saying it would save the county $100 million over the next 10 years and protect the county’s vulnerable seniors.

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