Belmont, NY – A coalition of lawmakers and officials forming the Inter-County Association of Western New York continues to meet virtually during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Inter-County Association, represented by nineteen upstate counties, meets monthly to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. Policy and legislative objectives are established, and resolutions are forwarded to state officials for their consideration.
This month, the Association was honored by the presence of Congressman Chris Jacobs (NY-27), who expressed his concerns over the lack of federal funding for local governments. “I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to go down (to Washington) for another vote on the stimulus…I’ve certainly advocated, along with the rest of the New York Delegation that there’s a pressing need to fund local governments. That’s a real crisis at this point.”
Association President Brooke Harris (Allegany County) applauded Jacob’s focus on the issue. “It’s encouraging to see elected officials like Congressmen Chris Jacobs’ and Tom Reed fighting for Western New York. Local governments are being placed in a very precarious position due largely to the state’s willful withholding of funds for mandated programs. On top of that, previously allocated federal funds are tied up in Albany, instead of being passed through to local counties and municipalities as they were intended.”
The lone measure adopted at this month’s meeting addressed the issue directly. By unanimous vote, the Association passed a resolution “Calling on Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the Division of Budget to Release Overdue Payments to All Counties.”
In addition to Congressman Jacobs, the Association was provided an update on state issues and concerns from New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) General Counsel Patrick Cummings.
The next meeting of the Association will be held virtually on September 18 at 10:00 a.m.