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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