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
- 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
Local Fiscal Stress - State Austerity Policy & Creative Local Response
- Economic Development and Employment in New York Metro Areas - By Fred Floss, Fiscal Policy Institute
- Local Government Reform: The Need for a State Partner - By Mildred Warner, Cornell University
- Trading Financial Insolvency for Educational Insolvency: A hypothesis - By John Sipple, Cornell University Community and Regional Development Institute
- New York Property Tax Caps: Implications for School Districts - By Deborah Cunningham, NYS Association of School Business Officials
- NY Property Tax Cap Impact Analysis - By Robert Rivera and Yuanshuo Xu, Cornell University
- Tax Caps in Other States: Lessons for New York - By Hector Chang and Christine Wen, Cornell University
- NY Property Tax Cap Implications for School Districts: By Deborah H. Cunningham, Director for Education and Research, NYS Association of School Business Officials
- Post-Conference overview by Deborah H. Cunningham
- 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 between Unions, Municipalities, & Municipalities: Toward a Common Narrative - By Sarah Cantatore, Zach Cunningham, & Michelle Muschett, Cornell University
- Sharing Services in New York State: Successful Cases in Energy, Health Insurance and Joint Purchasing - By Siba El-Samra, Cornell University
- Service Sharing between Municipalities and Schools in New York State: Least where need is greatest - By Yang Wang and Mildred Warner, Cornell University
- Do Municipalities Share Services with Poorer Neighbors?: Factors Explaining Levels of Service Sharing Among Municipalities in New York State - By Bingxi Qian and Mildred Warner, Cornell University
- Benefits of Well-Designed User Fees - By Brian Byrd, Cornell University
- Co-Production in Service Delivery: The Case of Nextdoor.com - By Sofia Yglesias, Cornell University
- Innovations in Shared Services: The Need for an Administrative Backbone - By Natalie Hymer and Maya Tellman, Cornell University
- Social Indicators for New York Local Governments - By Ana Huckfeldt, Irene Hung & Roya Sabri, Cornell University
- Chronic Underfunding for Transportation: New York State's Response to Local Infrastructure Needs - By Danielle Burgess, Tyler Keegan, Daniel Kuhlmann, Taru, & Max Weisbrod, Cornell University
Upstate Case Studies
Agenda: State of New York Cities Conference. March 25, 2014, ILR Conference Center, Ithaca, New York.
Fiscal Challenges and Opportunities: An Examination of Fiscal Conditions, Innovations, and Regional Strategies in the City of Buffalo & Erie County
By Nidhi Subramanyam, Paul Leonhardt and Elliot Sperling, Cornell University
Refugees and Revitalization - Taking a closer look at Utica's fiscal stress and opportunities for local solutions
By Clint McManus and Nancy Sprehn, Cornell University
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.
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.
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.
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.