Livingston County Thanks Devoted Employees for 10 and 25 Years

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Board of Supervisors gratefully awarded 34 long-serving employees of county government on Wednesday. The Board spent more than half of their regularly scheduled board meeting time on their 20th annual award ceremony. "This meeting represents our only focused opportunity to recognize the backbone of county government: county employees," said County Administrator Ian Coyle. "At the federal and state … [Read more...]

Officials Say Assembly Gridlock Threatens Livingston County’s ‘Essential’ $8M in Sales Tax

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Government gridlock is upsetting the future of $8 million in sales tax that officials claim the County depends on. County Administrator Ian Coyle reported to the County Ways and Means Committee Monday afternoon that a bill allowing the County to collect one percent of sales tax, which the New York State government has historically re-passed every few years as it expires, is now in limbo. The State's legislature is now in … [Read more...]

Geneseo Enters Final Four for $10M Award

GENESEO – The Village has made it to the final four for New York State's Downtown Revitalization Initiative. County Administrator Ian Coyle reported to the Livingston County Ways and Means Committee Monday afternoon that the Village joins Penn Yan, Batavia and Canandaigua in the running for a $10 million prize to improve traffic flow, walkability and technology on Main Street. "It's kind of a game-changing award," said Coyle. "If you can … [Read more...]

Livingston County So Far Saves $1.5M Per Year with Self-Financed Medical Program

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – An insurance arrangement that was controversial five years ago is so far saving the County millions. John Lynch, Vice President of Key Insurance & Benefits Services, presented to the Livingston County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday to explain the long-term effects of switching from Blue Cross Blue Shield as an insurance provider to their self-funded medical program, including an estimated $1.5 million in annual … [Read more...]

Public Invited as Local Towns and Villages Talk Combining Services

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Local towns and villages will meet at the Livingston County Government Center on Wednesday in response to state-funded incentives for municipalities and counties to share public services. Town supervisors and mayors will discuss which services might be able to be consolidated, from snow removal to assessment to highway work. The panel, which is open to the public, begins at 2:30 p.m. at the Livingston County Board of … [Read more...]

Livingston County Committee Approves $800K in Health Dept. Improvements

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The Livingston County Ways and Means Committee unanimously voted in favor of a large-scale renovation and security improvement project for the headquarters of the Livingston County Department of Health on Murray Hill Drive. All told, the approved contracts are for $804,400, to come from the County's Capital Improvement Program, which is funding set aside for such large-scale projects. Projects are not only intended to give … [Read more...]

EMAIL TO THE EDITOR: Livingston County Celebrates National County Government Month Primed for Watershed Year in 2017

The following is an email submitted by Livingston County Administrator Ian Coyle to the GeneseeSun.com for publication. The attitudes and ideas expressed below should not be interpreted as the opinion of the GeneseeSun.com. There is much to celebrate as Livingston County joins thousands of county government peers across the nation in commemorating April 2017 as National County Government Month. The sounds you have been hearing and the momentum … [Read more...]

Livingston County Administrator Proposes $155M Budget

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – County Administrator Ian Coyle formally presented a $155 million budget proposal Wednesday to the Livingston County Board of Supervisors. Coyle said that the proposed budget, which the Board of Supervisors will vote on at their next meeting, would increase Livingston County taxes by 1.45 percent. "The average single-family homeowner will have an impact somewhere around $5," said Coyle. "If you had a property worth … [Read more...]

County Could Flip the Switch on Energy Cost Audit

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – The County might soon plug into an opportunity to save on energy bills and put the savings toward more capital improvements. The county Public Services Committee approved of a letter of intent for Dansforth to perform an in-depth audit of the County's energy practices and bills to determine what can be done to save on energy. The audit would cost $40,000 whether the County chooses to make energy updates or not. "All I … [Read more...]

Livingston County Stops Funding School Resource Officers

LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Livingston County will no longer fund school resource officer (SRO) programs at local schools who use village police departments, saying that it is unfair for some schools to receive county funding to use local police and some to pay the county to use a Deputy Sheriff. The county's contract to reimburse four schools for their SRO programs with village police ends in June 2017. York, Livonia, Dansville and Keshequa each … [Read more...]