DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. - County leaders from Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster detailed numerous examples about how they've consolidated services and cut expenses in an effort to realign government to reduce taxes during a Hudson Valley Pattern For Progress breakfast Tuesday at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel.
About 330 attendees heard Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus, Sullivan County Legislative Chairman Luis Alvarez and Ulster County Executive Michael Hein explain how innovation has resulted in new programs that target and nurture business development, social programs and urban areas.
They also discussed their bipartisan approach in consulting each other, working together and exchanging best practices. That collaborative spirit is at the heart of Pattern For Progress' regional approach to growth.
Molinaro touted a broad reshaping of government toward contemporary priorities, including creation of the state's first Crisis Stabilization Center for those with addiction and mental-health issues.
Leaders also shared frustration with state- and federal-government mandates, which comprise the lion's share of county budgets. And they talked about resourcefulness in powering forward to find solutions to even the most vexing situations.
The breakfast was sponsored by Delaware Engineering, Empire State Bank, Keane & Beane P.C., Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park, The Chazen Companies, IBM, Jackson Lewis P.C., Marshall & Sterling Insurance and The State University of New York at New Paltz.