One of NYCOM's key missions is to represent the interests of cities and villages with the Governor's office and the State Legislature. To facilitate this process, NYCOM annually develops its Legislative Program, a document which outlines our legislative priorities for the year. While NYCOM advocates for and against hundreds of bills each legislative session, our Legislative Program represents our membership's position on key issues of interest to city and village officials.

The development of our Legislative Program occurs each fall at NYCOM's Legislative Priorities Meeting when city and village members meet to discuss and prioritize legislative issues for the ensuing legislative session. Following a discussion of specific policy issues, the members in attendance vote on the top priorities for the upcoming year.

2022 Priorities

  1. Increase State Aid to Cities and Villages
  2. Provide Dedicated Funding for Local Water and Sewer Infrastructure
  3. Increase Highway Funding
  4. Remove the Tax Cap’s Disincentives for Economic Growth
  5. Enhance Tools to Address Vacant, Distressed, and Abandoned Property
  6. Limit the Application and Cost of the Prevailing Wage Mandate
  7. Amend the Civil Service Appointment Process
  8. Allow Public Safety Considerations in Bail Determinations
  9. Ensure Broadband Access and Accountability
  10. Increase Investments in Water Protection and Contamination Research and Response