Assemblyman Skoufis Urges Gov. Cuomo to Sign Bill on Annexation Oversight

By Colin Fredericson
Colin Fredericson
Colin Fredericson
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Colin is a New York-based reporter. He covers Entertainment, U.S., and international news. Besides writing for online news outlets he has worked in online marketing and advertising, done voiceover work, and has a background in sound engineering and filmmaking. His foreign language skills include Spanish and Chinese.
September 26, 2016 Updated: September 27, 2016

Assemblyman James Skoufis is urging Gov. Cuomo to sign an annexation oversight bill that would allow county planning departments to review annexation petitions, and send recommendations on to municipalities. The bill was vetoed last year. It was reintroduced this year by Skoufis. Cuomo received the bill on Sept. 20 and has 10 days from then to sign it into law.

Skoufis was joined by Dr. Gerald Benjamin, director of SUNY New Paltz’s Benjamin Center and pre-eminent New York state government academic, in writing a letter to Cuomo to urge passage of the bill. According to a press release, supporters of the bill view it as a way to have oversight on the environmental impact of an annexation.

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Colin Fredericson
Colin is a New York-based reporter. He covers Entertainment, U.S., and international news. Besides writing for online news outlets he has worked in online marketing and advertising, done voiceover work, and has a background in sound engineering and filmmaking. His foreign language skills include Spanish and Chinese.