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1-13-23 From County Administrator Carissa Knapp-CWSSI Shared Services in Allegany County

To:              Allegany County Media Sources

From:          Carissa Knapp, County Administrator

Re:              Shared Services in Allegany County

Date:           January 13, 2023

Local Municipal Shared Services Efforts To Continue in Allegany County with No Updates to Current CWSSI Plan Submitted to State in 2022  

Belmont, NY – The County-Wide Shared Services Initiative (CWSSI) was created in 2017 by former Governor Cuomo and required municipalities across New York State to work collaboratively to generate property tax savings. Changes enacted in 2022, granted counties outside of New York City the choice to continue participating in the state initiative and the option to submit an updated plan annually.

Allegany County municipalities have a longstanding and successful history of working together collaboratively to maximize resources and share services. The County did not submit any updates to the County-Wide Shared Services Plan to the state for 2022. County Administrator Carissa Knapp fully supports the continuation of local efforts for cost savings and efficiency. In 2023, Allegany County and panelist members comprised of participating Town Supervisors and Village Mayors will reassess the plan and add any new eligible projects based on a projected 2024 implementation timeline as required by the state. Many of the local panel members are newly elected officials that haven’t participated in the CWSSI process previously. This press release serves as public notice and information on Allegany County’s CWSSI.

For questions or comments on New York’s County-Wide Shared Services Initiative and the Allegany County Shared Services Plan, please email Michelle Denhoff, Allegany County Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning at

01.13.23 Knapp CWSSI Press Release