FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2013
Putnam Hosts First PAYGo Forum
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and other local elected officials and community leaders welcomed Ulster County Executive and President of the New York State County Executives Association Mike Hein to CornerstonePark in Carmel on Tuesday, June 18 as part of the first PAYGoNY forum.
PAYGoNY is a statewide policy tour Hein initiated to highlight new and innovative solutions to unfunded or underfunded mandates at county, city, village, town or school district levels.
“I am constantly making tough decisions that impact my constituents,” said Odell “and County Executive Hein’s PAYGoNY is a vital initiative not only for Putnam, but for the entire state of New York. Today we saw great ideas shared about cost saving tactics and we look forward to learning more from other counties.”
Odell identified the county’s back-to-school sales tax holiday that takes place in August as one such innovation. Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy revealed additional cost-saving programs such as the reduction in law enforcement overtime costs, the use of video conferencing, and the expansion of the county’s drug and alcohol treatment courts.
Among the other Putnam officials attending the PAYGo NY forum were Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker, Carmel Town Supervisor Ken Schmitt and Putnam Valley Supervisor Robert Tendy.