County Submits Application for Local Government Efficiency Competitiveness -21st Century Grant to Study Police Consolidation

(BINGHAMTON, NY) Yesterday, Broome County with the confirmed support of both the City of Binghamton and the Village of Johnson City, submitted an application to the Department of State for a Local Government Efficiency Competitiveness -21st Century Grant to complete a third party police consolidation study. If awarded, the county would receive $50,000 from the $13.7 million Local Government Efficiency and Competitiveness funds established by Governor Paterson in May 2008. The County also partnered with the City of Binghamton to apply for an additional $444,444,.44 for possible implementation of the study’s findings.

“I am pleased to partner with local municipalities to ascertain the necessary funding from the state for a third party study of police consolidation,” said Executive Barbara J. Fiala. “Our local law enforcement agencies requested a professional study to answer questions and provide further clarity on this issue. If awarded the 21st Century Grant, we will have the objective answers necessary to evaluate and validate the county’s public safety operations. ”
In August of 2006, an initial police consolidation plan was presented to local law enforcement and members of the media by Deputy County Executive Patrick Brennan. The evolved plan can be found on the county’s website here. This plan incorporated information from all public safety organizations operating in the county. The county’s initial study identified consolidating departments for improved resource sharing and the ability to balance management functions with resulting cost savings.  
Over the course of the last two years, the plan has stayed current and has been updated with new municipal budget figures and current staffing statistics.  The county completed public outreach and presented the study to a number of community organizations. In 2008, the League of Women Voters issued a letter to the county endorsing the plan and more recently, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce issued their endorsement.


01/09/2009 - 4:10pm