Its Official: Consensus - A Commission to Study Local Government Modernization
Together, SYRACUSE 20/20, CenterState CEO, FOCUS Greater Syracuse, the League of Women Voters of Syracuse Metropolitan Area, Onondaga Citizens League and the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of CNY are pleased to announce the the creation of a local government modernization commission. The effort, called Consensus, will launch a comprehensive study of government structure in Onondaga County in an effort to provide better services more efficiently to the community. Read more about the Commission and the Commission members at the press release here.
Visit the Consensus website at ww.consensuscny.com and sign up to be part of the process.
THE NEXT CONSENSUS MEETING IS: April 14th at 2:00 p.m. at the Oncenter. All are welcome to attend.
Watch the first meeting of the Consensus Commission here - February 13, 2014 Commission Meeting.
On February 13th, the three co-chairs of the Commission, Neil Murphy, Cathy Richardson and Jim Walsh, made a presentation to Thursday Morning Roundtable. You can view their Power Point Presentation by clicking here - TMR Consensus Presentation
Notice: Consensus Commission issues a request for proposal (RFP) for consultant services to support the Commission's work. The RFP is found here. Responses are due back on March 24th.
Answers to the Questions submitted regarding the RFP are found at this link: RFP Question Responses Issued March 12, 2014
Local Governments Support 20/20's and CenterState CEO's Call
For the Creation of a Local Goverment Commission
Onondaga County Legislature Resolution
Syracuse Common Council Resolution
Joint SYRACUSE 20/20 and CenterState CEO Resolution
Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and Mayor Stephanie Miner announce their support for a Commission in December 2013. Click here to read their joint press release. Read about their press conference here and watch a video of their press conference here.
SYRACUSE 20/20 Issues Report Calling for a Local Government Modernization Commission
Our County Executive, our City Mayor, and some of our town and village officials have risked their political careers to press for modernization, setting a courageous example that their colleagues in local government may now be willing to follow. The fiscal challenges facing municipalities only make the case for change more urgent. We can turn this threatening scenario into an opportunity to define for ourselves how we want to be organized and governed locally. In 2012, SYRACUSE 20/20 with its partners released a report urging action on a government modernization commission. You can read the report here: A Call to Action on Modernizing Local Government
SYRACUSE 20/20 Supports the Campaign for Grade Level Reading In Syracuse
SYRACUSE 20/20 is a proud partner of the Campaign for Grade Level Reading in Syracuse. Having all children reading on grade-level by third grade must be a community priority. Click here to watch this 5 minute video demonstrating why reading on grade level by 3rd grade is so important. Learn more about the Campaign for Grade Level Reading at: gradelevelreading.net.
Early Childhood/School Readiness Study
SYRACUSE 20/20 is an active participant in the Onondaga Citizens League study on Early Childhood/School Readiness. To learn more about the study go to: onondagacitizensleague.org/studies/current-study.
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We Are at a Tipping Point
Help Decide Which Way We Go
Syracuse 20/20 has spent the past several years examining the issues surrounding government modernization. We feel strongly that the time has come for our community to engage in a thoughtful conversation about the future of the governance of our region.
Our mission is engage the community in a conversation about whether our current way of organizing local government, a system that was invented around 1800, is still working for us in a global economy. Our approach is positive and non-partisan.
Join the Conversation
The way we see it, we’re at a “tipping point”. This is a critical time for us to talk about the role of local government in “tipping us” toward growth rather than potential decline.
What can you do? Begin by learning about the Government Modernization Effort by watching the power point presentation and sharing your thoughts on our online discussion forum.