June 14, 2012 – Local Government Leadership Institute: New York’s New Fiscal Reality
Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies and the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, in partnership with New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, held the fourth annual Local Government Leadership Institute. The Institute is a regional seminar designed to combine practical advice and discussion of local government issues with effective leadership and management training. The Institute’s goal is to inform and challenge local government leaders through constructive engagement on regional issues. This year the Institute explored in depth the experiences of local governments and school districts with the first year under the Tax Levy Limit and how the new constraint has added to the level of fiscal stress for governments and school districts on Long Island. Panelists shared vision and strategies for sustaining fiscal health in the absence of significant mandate relief or additional state assistance. The day started with the keynote address by Comptroller Thomas F. DiNapoli. The first plenary session, moderated by Lawrence Levy, featured the following panelists:
- Wayne Wink, Nassau County Legislator
- Kate Murray, Supervisor, Town of Hempstead
- Ralph Kreitzman, Mayor, Village of Great Neck
- Gary Bixhorn, Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
A lunch keynote followed the panel by Robert B. Ward, Deputy Comptroller, Division of Budget & Policy Analysis. A second plenary session took place titled “1st Year of Property Tax Cap Levy Limit: Compliance and Common Errors. Nora McCabe, Assistant Director for Policy, Research and Training presented an inter-active training session exploring the filing compliance rates, common reporting errors, tips for avoiding those errors and what to expect for next year. She fielded numerous questions and provided expert advice on how to comply with the rules of the tax cap.