What can Syracuse and Onondaga County learn from other consolidations

PRINCETON, N.J. (WSYR-TV) - Whether you know it or not, our community is at a key moment in time that could impact generations to come.

The recommendation from the Consensus Commission on modern government made earlier this year would instantly make Syracuse the second largest city in New York State if voted on and approved this November.

However, there seems to be a variety of opinions on forming a new metropolitan government— joining the City of Syracuse and Onondaga County into one entity.

NewsChannel 9’s Jeff Kulikowsky traveled to Princeton, New Jersey, which was facing a critical crossroads much like us, and six years ago two Princetons decided to become one consolidated government.

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@Issue: Can municipal marriages work?

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Chad Goerner, the former Princeton Township mayor who was the driving force behind the successful consolidation of the Princetons — after six previous consolidation attempts failed — has published a new book, “A Tale of Two Tigers,” that describes how it was done, and what more needs to be done to make it easier for municipal mergers to occur elsewhere in New Jersey. He responded to a number of our questions aimed at better understanding the consolidation process, the pitfalls and the rewards.

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A Tale of Two Tigers

The former Princeton Twp Mayor Chad Goerner has recently published a book about the three attempts before there successful municipal consolidation of the Princetons' in 2013. Thank you for memorializing this amazing accomplishment and all the people who worked on consolidation over the years. Chad has now been serving as a CtoCNJ board member the past three years. May your leadership continue to inspire all of us.
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Christie gives himself more power to slash millions in N.J. municipal aid

By eliminating fewer than two dozen words from the state budget, Gov. Chris Christie has given himself the power to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that New Jersey's municipalities use to hold down property taxes, local government experts say.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Holds News Conference To Address Traffic Scandal

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$20 Can keep you in NJ

Citizens representing Roxbury and Mount Arlington need your help to fund their municipal consolidation study commission. Donate for change!

 

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GOERNER: Merger of Princetons a model marriage

Many said it couldn’t be done. However, in November 2011, 61 percent of Princeton Borough residents and a whopping 85 percent of Princeton Township residents voted to consolidate into one town known simply as Princeton, effective in 2013.

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Roxbury, Mount Arlington consolidation study gains funding

ROXBURY TWP.- The state Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for firms to perform an independent impact study for the Roxbury and Mount Arlington Consolidation Study Commission.

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"Hey New Jersey, Follow the Law,"

Craig Heard testifies before state legislators, urging them to comply with law relating to municipal consolidation efforts.

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Now it's your turn

If you love New Jersey and you don’t want runaway property taxes to destroy your life, you have one chance to save the state.

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EDITORIAL: A step forward for municipal mergers

The legislation eliminates some of the one-size-fits-all provisions of the 2007 consolidation act, and gives towns considering consolidation wide latitude in negotiating agreements that satisfy both sides.

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