New York State Association of Counties http://wamc.org en Counties Concerned Over Sales Tax Revenue Reports http://wamc.org/post/counties-concerned-over-sales-tax-revenue-reports <p></p><p></p><p>The New York State Association of Counties is concerned about sales tax revenue reports indicating negative growth in the second quarter. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 69418 at http://wamc.org Counties Concerned Over Sales Tax Revenue Reports National Donate Life Month http://wamc.org/post/national-donate-life-month <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>April is National Donate Life Month and counties are pitching in to raise awareness and increase organ donor registration rates across New York.</p><p>Unfortunately, only 18 percent of New Yorkers age 18 and over have enrolled in the <a href="http://www.donatelifeny.org/">NYS Donate Life Registry</a>, compared to the national average of 42 percent. <a href="http://www.nysac.org/">The New York State Association of Counties</a> (NYSAC) believes that counties can be the driving force to raise awareness and increase donor registration in New York.</p><p>In late 2012, NYSAC President (and Orange County Executive) Ed Diana learned that he needed a liver transplant. As he awaits his transplant, NYSAC is partnering with County Executive Diana to increase organ donor registration rates in all of New York's counties.</p><p>Ed Diana and NYSAC Executive Director, Stephen Acquario join us this morning – along with <a href="http://www.dmv.ny.gov/">DMV</a> Executive Deputy Commissioner, David Sampson.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 63001 at http://wamc.org National Donate Life Month Some Mandate Relief is Proposed http://wamc.org/post/some-mandate-relief-proposed <p>In the governor’s State-of-the-State address, there was no mention of mandate relief, yet several county executives said they were not expecting to hear much about it then, that it would be during the governor’s budget address where they would expect some details about coping with unfunded mandates. Governor Cuomo did speak to unfunded mandates in his proposed 2013-2014 budget address Tuesday, introducing the topic this way.</p><p>Stephen Acquario is the executive director of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.</p> Wed, 23 Jan 2013 18:28:04 +0000 Allison Dunne 56328 at http://wamc.org Some Mandate Relief is Proposed Mandate Relief is a High Priority for County Execs http://wamc.org/post/mandate-relief-high-priority-county-execs <p>New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State speech Wednesday did not directly speak to unfunded mandates. Some county executives say that although mandate relief is important and very much needed, they did not expect the governor to talk about it. However, at least one did.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 20:03:18 +0000 Allison Dunne 55478 at http://wamc.org