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March 17, 2017

Legislature Majority Reacts to State of the County


Members of the majority of the Rensselaer County Legislature reacted to the State of the County address by County Executive Kathleen Jimino delivered during the March 16 legislative meeting. 

Jimino noted the county’s track record of staying under the state tax cap for six consecutive years, and credited legislators for working to hold the line on spending. The 2017 budget was adopted by a unanimous vote. 

Legislators have also helped reduce legislative spending, and contributed $200,000 in savings for a major county road improvement project. Jimino touched on the road improvement project in her talk. She also discussed recent job creation successes in the county. 

“The 2017 State of the County shows Rensselaer County is strong, vibrant and heading in the right direction,” said Chair of the Legislature Stan Brownell. 

The County Executive also noted the impact of unfunded state and federal mandates on county finances and services. She and members of the Legislature have advocated for comprehensive reform of state and federal mandates. 

“Our county has worked hard to protect taxpayers, needed services and quality of life. The State of the County tonight showed how those responsible decisions have positioned our county for success and future investment,” said Vice Chair for Finance Phil Danaher. 

The State of the County took place on a night when legislators approved two important resolutions, including a new insurance contract that reduces spending by $800,000. Insurance costs in the county are now lower than the early 1990s. 

Also, the Legislature approved the last phase of a state-mandated sewer improvement project. The county is the first municipality to complete the Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan. 

Jimino also noted the county’s success in farmland and open space protection. The effort was started by Majority Leader Ken Herrington and has protected 6,000 acres. 

“Rensselaer County has had a great track record of protecting farmland and our open space. We look forward to continue to safeguard this important part of our county’s heritage,” said Herrington. 

“Rensselaer County is seeing some significant job growth at companies like Regeneron and we want to continue laying a foundation for future growth,” said Vice Chair of the Legislature Alex Shannon.