Village of Mamaroneck Trustee Tom Murphy, who recently announced that he was seeking the Democratic nomination for Mamaroneck Town supervisor, has called on the Village of Larchmont, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Town of Mamaroneck to jointly seek State grants to find ways to share services and cut costs.
“It’s time to reevaluate all of our programs and services to see how we can cut costs and help taxpayers,” Mr. Murphy said. “Everything should be on the table, and there are State grants available to help us coordinate our efforts. I’m encouraging each board to authorize a joint application to hire a professional consultant to see us through this process.”
Mr. Murphy has sent a letter to each board asking for them to cooperate in this effort.
Murphy noted that the Villages and the Town have separate building, police, fire and public works departments. He pointed to the three police departments as one example of essential services that could be reviewed.
“There are 119 police officers in our three communities,” he said. “We maintain three detective squads, three municipal lockups and three dispatchers all overseen by three police chiefs. I suspect that with a little planning, we can coordinate our efforts, reduce duplication and overhead and still get the full protection throughout the Town that we have all come to expect,” he added.
Since 2005, New York State has been encouraging local municipalities to initiate consolidation and cooperation programs that will cut costs. The Local Government Efficiency grant program includes grants designed to plan for shared services.
“We need to be prepared to submit a grant application as soon as the funding cycle begins,” Mr. Murphy said.
The Town of Mamaroneck has a total population of almost 29,000 people, with the majority of residents living in either the Village of Larchmont or the Village of Mamaroneck. Except in the area that isn’t a part of either village – the unincorporated area — essential services (police, fire, snow removal, road repair and, in the case of the Village of Mamaroneck, sanitation), are provided by the villages, not Mamaroneck Town.
“Figuring out how to best share services, combine departments and save taxpayers money will not only be the centerpiece of my campaign, it will be the highest priority of the Town Council when I am supervisor,” said Mr. Murphy.