Farmingville, NY – On October 10, Supervisor Ed Romaine (pictured at left) hosted the inaugural meeting of the Council of Governments Committee consisting of representatives from villages, ambulance and fire districts, school districts and library districts within the Town. The group’s objective is to identify municipal services that can be consolidated, resulting in a savings for their mutual taxpayers. The committee will advise on the best practices of governance, shared services and intermunicipal opportunities, with the goal of greater efficiency and reduction in costs. Pictured at right are Supervisor Romaine and Joe Rella, Superintendent of the Comsewogue School District.Brookhaven Town was recently awarded a $20 million Municipal Consolidation and Efficiency Competition (MCEC) grant by New York State. This grant is designed to modernize and reinvent the delivery of services while reducing the burden on taxpayers by reducing redundancy in local governments, pursuing opportunities for increasing shared services, and implementing modernizations and best practices. This committee will be charged with implementing change and identifying additional areas for efficiency and fiscal savings. It will also provide accountability in the oversight of the sixteen (16) MCEC Projects.Following opening remarks and a power point presentation by Supervisor Romaine and the Laberge Group, who served as consultants during the competition, officials from various Town departments, including Information Technology, Tax Receiver, Assessor, Purchasing, Highway and Waste Management were available to meet with attendees.
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