Shared Municipal Services

 

In 2006, the state of New York set aside more than half a million dollars for technical assistance to enable local governments to voluntarily experiment with the design and implementation of effective shared municipal services initiatives. The state turned to the Government Law Center to conduct research, develop a statewide program of technical assistance including a user manual and learning modules, and to provide a resource to local governments to encourage the use of existing enabling laws to restructure service delivery. As part of this initiative, the GLC has developed a rich network of a dozen colleges and universities across the state who have collectively researched and published case studies as well as designed costing templates to better inform local decisionmakers about opportunities and pitfalls. A series of statewide technical assistance conferences hosted by the academic institutions, including Albany Law School, provided further training and education.