The counties rallied around the governor's proposed state budget, but disagree on which level of government should fund which service.
Mark Alger, the President of the New York Association of Counties (NYSAC), says counties and county taxpayers fund in excess of $12 billion worth of state initiated and mandated programs and services and for years those local costs have been on the rise either by state action or due to increased demand for those services from the public.
Alger says that while the governor and legislature have reigned in the cost at the state and local level, many other state-mandated expenses remain unchanged at the county level and Alger insists more needs to be done to relief the counties of that financial burden.
Alger says the counties support efforts to provide universal pre-kindergarten, and they look forward to working with the state to transition all preschool special education students to a more accountable and structured school setting. He says the move will help ensure students a better chance of success throughout their school years in New York, and realign the program with the appropriate level of government.