County Executive Vince Horrigan will travel to Albany on Monday to join more than 800 county leaders from throughout the state attending the New York State Association of Counties 2014 legislative conference.
"I'm looking forward to it," Horrigan said, noting it is his first association conference as county executive. "Most importantly, I'll be meeting with other county executives and getting their perspectives and seeing how they're approaching some of their own challenges."
Topics for discussion will include Gov. Andrew Cuomo's property tax proposal and state budget, continuing shared services initiatives, mandate reform, emergency preparedness, universal pre-k and local Medicaid costs.
Bill Daly, president of the County Industrial Development Agency is attending the conference with Horrigan.
"I'm looking forward to the opportunity with him as it relates to jobs and growing our county," Horrigan said.
The conference will also involve workshops on policy, local governance and training opportunities. The event brings county leaders together for education and bipartisan discussions about the challenges and solutions facing local governments across New York.
"It's my first real opportunity with that forum, which has always been important to county executives and other members of my staff," Horrigan said.
Mandatory emergency management training for chief elected officials and county leaders will be offered, focusing on tools necessary for counties to promote safety of residents in the even of a natural disaster or other emergency.
Training is provided in partnership with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and the New York State Emergency Managers' Association.
Horrigan will return to Mayville on Wednesday for a special presentation from potential County Home purchaser VestraCare at 6:30 p.m. in the Gerace Office Building.