LGe Technical Assistance

Public Safety — Police, Fire and Emergency Medical Services

In New York State, municipalities has varying levels of public safety services.

Communities considering improving efficiencies or making sustainable cost reductions in the area of public safety may be eligible for a Local Government Efficiency grant to assist with studying the feasibility of different options or to assist with implementation of a strategy.

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Example: The Defreestville Fire Protection District and the North Greenbush Fire District #1 consolidated into a single town-wide fire district. The consolidation study and implementation plan were funded from the 2006 SMSI grant program.

Note: For Consolidations and Dissolutions initiated prior to March 21, 2010, please contact the Department of State for answers to any questions; by email at: LGEProgram@dos.ny.gov or by phone at: 518-473-3355 or 1-800-367-8488.

Resources & Publications

The Department of State and other state agencies have prepared a number of resources to help communities with improving efficiencies in public safety.

Intergovernmental Cooperation »

The Reorganization of Local Government (PDF, 4 pages)

Legal Framework for Providing Local Government Services » (NYS Assembly)

More Resources and Publications »

Studies & Reports

Through the Local Government Efficiency Grant program, communities have studied transportation issues.

Town of North Greenbush Fire District Consolidation

Chemung County Fire Services Study

Town of Hempstead EMS Study

Schenectady County Unified Communications Center Model

Town and Village of Saugerties Police Consolidation

City of Cohoes Study

More Studies and Reports »