SOURCE: Harris Beach

March 07, 2011 10:50 ET

NYMuniBlog to Feature Municipal Forum With State and Local Officials

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwire - March 7, 2011) - The Harris Beach public service municipal blog,, will host a month-long virtual forum starting on March 7 involving state and local officials who will discuss a wide range of municipal-related issues. Topics will include restructuring of local government, fiscal management, green energy incentives, economic development, Medicaid spending, and workforce issues. The forum's goal is for public officials throughout New York state to not advocate one position over another, but to share their views on issues affecting their respective communities so that their colleagues may comment on and learn about tactics being undertaken to chart a path to the future in an uncertain and increasingly challenging economic climate. 

Each week, the municipal forum will focus on a specific level of government (e.g., cities, counties, towns, villages). The forum's first couple of weeks will feature county executives, city mayors, and town supervisors who will discuss their challenges and opportunities. State senators and assembly members and top state government officials will be featured during the third and fourth weeks of the forum. During the week of March 7, the forum will feature articles by Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, who will present her ideas about mandate reform; Albany County Executive Mike Breslin who will write about taking a regional approach to solid waste management; Erie County Executive Chris Collins, who will address the impact of Medicaid on the local level; and city of Lockport Mayor Michael Tucker, who will outline the steps he has been taking to restructure his city's government to improve efficiencies and reduce costs.

NYMuniBlog was launched in early February as a resource for municipal leaders to learn about recent developments in municipal governance, public administration practices, municipal law and the political theater surrounding that, and for municipal leaders to share their thoughts and experiences in this area. The blog has been well-received since its inception and is continually being updated with new contributions at least three times a week. The concept of NYMuniBlog hosting a municipal forum came from discussions between the blog's key authors and municipal leaders from around the state. 

Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its affiliates provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state as well as nationally. Clients include Fortune 500 corporations, health care providers, privately-held companies, emerging technology businesses, financial institutions, not-for-profit organizations, foundations, state and local governments and authorities, and individuals. Harris Beach has approximately 200 lawyers and is one of the country's Top 250 law firms as ranked by the National Law Journal. The firm has offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Lockport, Long Island, New York City, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, White Plains, and Yonkers, as well as Newark, New Jersey and New Haven, Connecticut.

Contact Information

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    William P. Albert
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    Harris Beach
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