Dr Gerald Benjamin stresses collaboration as key to meeting local town budget demands
[VIDEO] In Dr Gerald Benjamin's keynote speech at NDA's annual breakfast meeting held February 7th at the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck, Benjamin cited highway services and public employee health insurance plans as several areas where local communities can collaborate to save taxpayers money and improve services. Benjamin said strong committed leadership is needed to move forward. Benjamin is the Director of The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), whose mission is to conduct studies on topics of regional interest; bring visibility and focus to these matters; foster communities working together to better serve citizenry; and advance the public interest in our region. video courtesy fred cartier.
Northern Dutchess Alliance and the Town of Hyde Park Partner to Study Shared Municipal Services
Under the New York State tax cap, municipalities will come under increasing pressure to work together to address quality of life issues to accommodate future growth while protecting the resources that it values. This effort is focused on assisting communities in identifying possible shared services projects which are appropriate and consistent with the desires of the particular communities. The research is being conducted by the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach at SUNY New Paltz and was made possible by funds received from the Hudson River Valley Greenway. Stay tuned for updates on this important project. Read more.
Find out more: Certified Local Government Program
Thank you to Julian Adams of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation for his workshop on The Certified Local Government Program. See more information regarding the CLG.
THINK REGIONAL & BUY LOCAL FOR A STRONGER NORTHERN DUTCHESS ECONOMY
This project will foster a regional vision and approach to economic development across
the Northern Dutchess communities, promoting a local economy that raises the well-being of
all Northern Dutchess residents where to the greatest extent possible:
Buy Local: Local needs are met by local suppliers
Keep $ Local: Dollars spent locally are circulated throughout the community, decreasing dollars spent outside the community
Develop Local Business: New local products and industries are developed which complement the community’s character, and
Protect Northern Dutchess: The community’s unique qualities are preserved and enhanced.
Northern Dutchess Alliance aims to create a broad-based and inclusive institutional structure for regional cooperation and economic development throughout Northern Dutchess County with a public process that will lead to the implementation of the goals, ideas and policies established by the members of Northern Dutchess Alliance.
WHO IS THE NORTHERN DUTCHESS ALLIANCE?
The success of the Northern Dutchess Alliance counts upon support from people and organizations
working throughout the northern region of Dutchess County, and is open to townships as well as environmental
and business organizations.