NYCOM 2024 Legislative Program

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 Virtual Legislative Priorities Meeting when city and village members 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.

2024 Priorities


  1. Increase Unrestricted 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

Employee Relations and Public Safety

  1. Reform the Civil Service Law
  2. Establish General Ambulance Service as an Essential Service and Support State Funding for EMS Providers
  3. Increase the Amount a Public Employee Retiree Can Earn as a Public Employee

Government Operations and Community Redevelopment

  1. Enhance Tools to Address Vacant, Distressed and Abandoned Property
  2. Create Financial Incentives to Revitalize Properties
  3. Strengthen Vehicle and Traffic Regulation and Enforcement
  4. Prohibit Nuisance Freedom of Information Law Requests

Energy, Environment and Technology

  1. Promote Sustainability and Alternative Energy Resources
  2. Implement Extended Producer Responsibility Across Sectors
  3. Provide Funding for Water Contamination Testing and Source Water Protection