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.
Read the Consensus Commission's Baseline Analysis, Who Does What and What it Costs Here
Public Meeting - June 26th at 7:30 a.m.
Click here to watch all privious meeting of Consensus
On December 14th, 2014 Consensus and Dr. Joe Stefko presented the findings from the Baseline Analysis at the Thursday Morning Roundtable. You can view the Power Point Presentation here..Who Does What and What It Costs Power Point
On February 13th, 2014 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
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.
Book Buddies @ Seymour Academy
Book Buddies at Seymour Dual Language Academy is a volunteer reading program that provides support to students in 1st and 2nd grade. The goal of the program is to increase student reading fluency and comprehension through the use of community volunteers providing one-on-one reading support to targeted students. The program targets students who are below reading levels and that would benefit from working one-on-one with a volunteer. Want to learn more about how you can be a Book Buddy...e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Childhood/School Readiness Study
SYRACUSE 20/20 was a partner in the Onondaga Citizens League study on Early Childhood/School Readiness. To learn more about the study go to: onondagacitizensleague.org/studies/current-study. In January 2015, SYRACUSE 20/20 with several partners helped to launch a new Early Childhood Alliance for Onondaga County. The Early Childhood Alliance will help advance a coordinated early childhood system that promotes healthy children, strong families and quality early learning.
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