Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie has appointed a local panel to report to a state panel looking to cut mandates.
Unfunded mandates — costly state requirements that towns, villages and cities blame, in part, for their budget woes — are a frequent target of budget-cutters. In the most recent legislative session, legislators passed "The Big Ugly," a bill that promised mandate relief of up to $125 million.
But the work is just beginning. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is convening a mandate relief task force that will review the requirements.
Mrs. Ritchie will appoint the following local officials to a sort of unofficial sub-panel. The group will come up with a package of recommendations and bring it to the governor's panel.
Oswego Town Supervisor Vicki Mullen
Fulton School Superintendent William Lynch
Former St. Lawrence County Legislature Finance Chair Peter FitzRandolph of Canton
South Jefferson Central School Superintendent Jamie Moesel
Lacona Mayor Peggy Manchester
Jefferson County Legislator Scott Gray
Heuvelton School Board President Jack Zeh