Local Fiscal Stress: State Austerity Policy and Creative Local Response

 

This dynamic event represented a collaboration of unions, management, municipalities, schools and academia.  It built on the 2011 State of Upstate New York conference and the March 2014 State of Cities conference.  Municipal and school district officials, Union leaders, fiscal administrators, State Legislators and Staffers, NYS Agency representatives are all invited to attend.        

Hosted by Cornell University's Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) and the Fiscal Policy Institute.  

Conference held on December 9, 2014
Conference Agenda 

Two-page conference description

Conference Twitter Story

Conference Recordings:

  • Decision Making for Quality Services
    • Presenters: John Sipple, David Kay and Robin Blakely-Armitage, CaRDI
    • Discussants: Mack Cook, City of Cortland; Janet Mayo, NYS Office of the State Comptroller
  • Setting the Broader Context
    • Fred Floss, Fiscal Policy Institute; Mildred Warner, Cornell University
  • Effects of the Tax Cap
    • Presenters: Robert Rivera and Yuanshuo Xu, Cornell University
    • Discussants: Marian A. Bott, League of Women Voters; Deborah H. Cunningham, NYS Association of School Business Officials; Frank Mauro, Fiscal Policy Institute; Peter Applebee, NYSUT
  • Moving Forward: Next Steps
    • Moderator: Susan Arbetter, WCNY's Capitol Pressroom
    • Panelists: Steve Allinger, NYSUT; Barbara Bartoletti, League of Women Voters; Bob Lowry, NYS Council of School Superintendents; Ron Deutsch, Fiscal Policy Institute; Joe Mareane, Tompkins County

Overview
Local Fiscal Stress - State Austerity Policy & Creative Local Response

Tax Policy
New York Property Tax Cap: Implications for Local Fiscal Health 
Overview
Conference Presentation

Economic Development
Sustainable Economic Development: Investments in People, Place and Business
Overview
Conference Presentation

  • Sustainable Economic Development: Investments in People, Place and Business - By Elizabeth Agyeman-Budu, Becky Gitonga, Clint McManus, Derek Moretz, Marcelina Valdes & Xue Zhang, Cornell University

Collaboration
Collaboration between Unions, Citizens & Municipalities: Toward a Common Narrative
Overview
Conference Presentation

Service Delivery
Local Innovations in Public Service Delivery 
Overview
Conference Presentation

Social Indicators
Social Indicators for New York State Local Governments
Overview
Conference Presentation

Infrastructure
Chronic Underfunding for Transportation: New York State's Response to Local Infrastructure Needs
Overview
Conference Presentation

Upstate Case Studies

Agenda: State of New York Cities Conference. March 25, 2014, ILR Conference Center, Ithaca, New York.

Buffalo
Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities: An Examination of Fiscal Conditions, Innovations, and Regional Strategies in the City of Buffalo & Erie County
Executive Summary
Full Report 
By Nidhi Subramanyam, Paul Leonhardt and Elliot Sperling, Cornell University

Rochester
City of Rochester: From an Industrial City to a Knowledge-based Economy
Executive Summary
Full Report 
By Patience Milrod, Eithel Manrique and Barbara Marchiori de Assis, Cornell University 

Syracuse 
Weathering Financial Challenges through Strategic Partnerships
Executive Summary 
Full Report
By Katelin Olson, Alvaro Salas, Andrea Restrepo-Mieth and Dana Westgren, Cornell University.

Utica
Refugees and Revitalization - Taking a closer look at Utica's fiscal stress and opportunities for local solutions
Executive Summary
Full Report
By Clint McManus and Nancy Sprehn, Cornell University

The Pension Problem
Myth or Reality? The State of Public Pensions in Upstate New York
Executive Summary 
Full Report 
By Abigail Rivin and Yunji Kim, Cornell University

Presentations

Decision-making for Quality Services: Information, Indicators and Dialogue, David Kay and Robin Blakely-Armitage, Cornell community and Regional Development Institute

Creative Responses to Fiscal Stress. Mildred Warner, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University.

Fiscal Realities and Constraints. Clint McManus, Cornell University. 

Buffalo: Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities: An Examination of Fiscal Conditions, Innovations, and Regional Strategies in the City of Buffalo & Erie County. Nidhi Subramanyam, Paul Leonhardt and Elliot Sperling, Cornell University.

Remarks by Lou Jean Fleron, Cornell ILR School Extension Faculty Emerita and Co-Director     Partnership for the Public Good 

Syracuse: Weathering Financial Challenges through Strategic Partnerships. Katelin Olson, Alvaro Salas, Andrea Restrepo-Mieth and Dana Westgren, Cornell University. 

Rochester: From an Industrial City to a Knowledge-based Economy. Patience Milrod, Eithel Manrique and Barbara Marchiori de Assis, Cornell University

Utica: Refugees and Revitalization. Clint McManus and Nancy Sprehn, Cornell University.

The Pension Problem: Myth or Reality? The State of Public Pensions in Upstate New York. Abigail Rivin and Yunji Kim, Cornell University. 

Trends and Changes Affecting Upstate New York. Robin Blakely-Armitage, Community & Regional Development Institute, Cornell University. 

Revenue Trends and Other Policy Thoughts. John W. Sipple, Department of Development Sociology, Cornell University. 

Additional Resources

Warner, M.E. and J. Clifton. 2013. "Marketisation, public services and the city: the potential for Polanyian counter movements," Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 7(1): 45-61. 

Homsy, G.; B. Qian, Y. Wang and M. Warner (2013). Shared Services in New York State: A Reform that Works, Summary of Municipal Survey in NYS, 2013, Shared Services Project, Dept of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Hayes, C. (2013). "Intermunicipal Sharing: BOCES helps Towns and Schools Cooperate across New York," Shared Services Project, Dept of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 

Can START-UP NY jumpstart the NY economy? Nidhi Subramanyam, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University. 

Shared Services: The Reform that Works (slide presentation) Mildred Warner and Bingxi Qian, Cornell University and Warren Lucas, Town of Salem.

Warner, Mildred E. and Lingwen Zheng. (2013). "Business Incentive Adoption in the Recession." Economic Development Quarterly, 27: 90.

Bel, G. and Warner, M.E. 2014. "Inter-municipal cooperation and costs: Expectations and evidence." Public Administration, Vol. 93, Issue1..

Katz, B., & Bradley, J. (2013). The Metropolitan Revolution. How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. Washington: Brookings Institution Press.

Media Coverage

Discussion on local fiscal stress on Capital Tonight TV with Professor Mildred Warner and Ron Deutsch, Executive Director of New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness and the Fiscal Policy Institute.

Professor Mildred Warner discusses the impacts of the property tax cap and possibilities for creative municipal response on the December 10th Talk 1300 show with Fred Dicker after the Local Fiscal Stress Conference. Click here and fast forward to 17:00.

State imposes a fiscal burden on communities. Click here to read commentary by Mildred Warner in the Albany Times Union. 

Innovation Trail: Quality of Life, Infrastructure Investment Key to Urban Renewal. Click here to listen. State Imposes a fiscal burden on communities. Albany Times Union, Commentary by Mildred Warner.

State of New York Cities and Shared Services Project profiled on the radio show, Capitol Pressroom. Click here to listen.

Will Detroit's Bankruptcy Come to Upstate New York? 


State of New York Cities Conference  (March 25, 2014) and Webinar (May 8, 2014)

Conference materials and presentations from the March 25 State of New York Cities Conference, held at the ILR Conference Center in Ithaca, New York. Recorded webinar and PowerPoint presentation - State of New York cities: Creative Responses to Fiscal Stress, Thursday, May 8, 2014.