Monday, October 23, 2017


“Chemung County Calls for Mandate Relief in this Legislative Session”

Elmira – Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli and Legislature Chair Donna Draxler today issued a proclamation declaring the month of May, Mayday for Mandate Relief in Chemung County.  “Mayday” is an international call for help, and this year’s Mayday for Mandate Relief campaign calls on the State to provide much-needed help to counties through mandate relief measures.  

Santulli and Draxler want to keep the pressure on the Legislature until the end of the session.  Santulli stated, “The Mayday events held across the State have been very successful in raising awareness among taxpayers of the need for mandate relief.  We need to keep the pressure on our lawmakers until reform is actually realized.”

In Chemung County, the nine unfunded mandates which statewide consume 90 percent of all property taxes collected actually account for 130 percent of Chemung County’s property tax levy, the entire tax levy plus 21 percent of county sales tax receipts. The nine state mandates include; Medicaid, Public Assistance and Safety Net, Child Welfare, Special Education Pre-K, Indigent Defense, Probation, Early Intervention, Youth Detention, and Pensions.

Chemung County is being joined by other counties from across the state and the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), which are advocating for three specific mandate relief measures in the final five weeks of the State Legislative Sesssion.

1. Reimburse counties for the state-imposed increase to district attorney’s salaries,
2. Phase in a state takeover of indigent legal defense service (ILDS) costs, and delay a major expansion of ILDS eligibility from 125 percent to 250 percent of the federal poverty rate, and
3. Realign how 9-1-1 surcharge funds are collected for counties to maintain and 
improve their emergency communication services to better combat global terrorism and improve public safety.

“Mayday for Mandate Relief” statements, resolutions and proclamations are being issued in counties throughout the state to call on the state to enact mandate relief and prevent future unfunded mandates.

Click here to view subject proclamation. 

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