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Minoa

 "Three Levels of Government Coming Together" | Municipal Bulletin | Spring 2012

Mayor Richard Donovan of the Village of Minoa along with Mary Ann Coogan, President of the County Supervisors Association and Ken Bush, Supervisor of the Town of Elbridge, organized a legislative breakfast where the associations invited their newly restructured County Legislature to bring all three levels of the legislative local governing bodies together that were involved in the divisive sales tax issue...

Mayor Richard Donovan of the Village of Minoa along with Mary Ann Coogan, President of the County Supervisors Association and Ken Bush, Supervisor of the Town of Elbridge, organized a legislative breakfast where the associations invited their newly restructured County Legislature to bring all three levels of the legislative local governing bodies together that were involved in the divisive sales tax issue. The result was over whelming. They had a full house of over 80 elected officials from all three levels of government and the theme was built around a wagon wheel which showed the hub as being the City of Syracuse, the spokes as the surrounding towns and villages, and the outside ring representing the county. Some of the spokes were broken.

They presented a list of some current issues and requested additional issues from the group that should be addressed. The approach was to present only ideas, no discussions, no debates. Their theme became 'Work Together, Co-operate, Communicate and Organize, and Solve Collectively our Problems.' Their goal was to mend the wheel, to go forward and prosper as a team. The start-up was a meeting held on February 14th in which they formed an Executive Committee of Supervisor Coogan and Mayor Donovan serving as presidents of their respective associations and Ryan McMahon, Chairman of the Onondaga County Legislature who will reach out to the City of Syracuse.

Two additional committees were formed, Public Safety and Facilities/ Infrastructure. Each committee will have two people each from the Town Supervisors Association and two from the Onondaga Mayors Association and one County Legislator. Each committee will elect their own chairman and focus on the issues they have been assigned, report their progress back to the Executive Committee and then plan another joint meeting of all the elected officials to report the committee's findings and/or review their recommendations.