Last week, the state’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments (FRB) agreed to give out more than $500,000 in grants to the three communities seeking its assistance.  But the funds are conditioned on the local governments carrying out the board’s recommendations.

The town of Fishkill in Dutchess County will receive $38,000 to study the consolidation of its 19 water and sewer districts; it is eligible for up to $100,000 if it implements the consolidation.

The village of Wilson in Niagara County is seeking assistance in covering costs in merging with the town of Wilson.  FRB members said that the village could receive $180,000 if the two local governments merge.

The city of Fulton, in Oswego County, could get $50,000 for a new master plan, $100,000 for infrastructure improvements and $250,000 to help refurbish a former Nestle chocolate plant for reuse.

The FRB offers grants for local communities that seek to achieve savings through consolidations and restructuring moves. If we want to reduce the cost of government in New York, this is the type of program that we need more local governments to take advantage of.