Village Operations Study - The Village of Lancaster

CGR completed an operations and staffing study with the Village of Lancaster in Erie County, NY, in late 2021. The Village Board of Trustees sought an independent assessment of the Village’s operations to help the Board set priorities during its annual budget process. CGR’s local government team analyzed budget and...

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DMV Operations Study - A Report for Oneida County

The Oneida County Board of Legislators retained CGR to study and recommend improvements to operations in the County’s Motor Vehicles Bureau. Also known informally as the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the Bureau is operated by the Oneida County Clerk’s Office. CGR gathered and analyzed data about DMV transactions and...

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Review and Analysis of the Proposed 2022 Budget - An Evaluation of the County Executive's Proposed Budget

Starting in 2017, the Rockland County Legislature engaged CGR to review and analyze the proposed 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Executive Budgets for Rockland County. Each year, our report had three components. First, CGR reviewed a series of contextual elements, including budget priorities, economic trends, alignment with community plans,...

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Review and Analysis of the Proposed 2021 Budget-Rockland County, New York

Starting in 2017, the Rockland County Legislature engaged CGR to review and analyze the proposed 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 Executive Budgets for Rockland County. Each year, our report had three components. First, CGR reviewed a series of contextual elements, including budget priorities, economic trends, alignment with community plans, which...

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Code Enforcement in Tioga County - A Report to the Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership

The Tioga County Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) engaged the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) to review and evaluate the provision of code enforcement services at the town and village level in Tioga County, and to identify opportunities to enforce codes more effectively and efficiently by sharing services. CGR conducted...

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Rental Vacancy Rate Study - A Survey for the City of Kingston, NY

In 2019, New York State expanded an option for municipalities to regulate apartment rents from the New York City metropolitan area to the entire state. The City of Kingston, the first upstate municipality to explore this option, retained CGR to conduct an apartment vacancy rate study to determine if the...

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Estimating the Economic Impact of a New T-Mobile Customer Experience Center in Nassau County, New York

In November 2019, T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation announced plans to locate the fourth of five New T-Mobile Customer Experience Centers in Nassau County, New York, pending a proposed merger of T-Mobile US and Sprint Corporation. CGR was selected on a sole source basis to conduct. This project is expected...

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Review and Analysis of Proposed 2020 Budget - Rockland County, New York

CGR conducted a comprehensive review of the County Executive’s 2020 Budget at the behest of the County Legislature. CGR identified several areas where assumptions could be adjusted to either reduce property taxes or to expand other programs. However, in whole we found that the county executive presented a balanced...

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Early Childhood Collaboration in Western New York - Collaborative Efforts to Improve Systems and Outcomes for Young Children

Western NY Funders for Early Childhood retained CGR in 2019 to study how organizations across Western New York collaborate to improve outcomes for the region’s youngest residents. Liftoff, a group of more than two dozen funders, asked CGR to gather and analyze information about coalitions, councils and other collaborative groups...

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The Difference a Diploma Makes - Impact Assessment for an Excel Center High School in Monroe County

CGR was engaged by Goodwill of the Finger Lakes to assess the potential benefits of a tuition-free high school and career acceleration center that would serve adults who dropped out and now wish to complete their education. Specifically, Goodwill is proposing a demonstration project for an Excel Center, a model...

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