3/30: Media Advisory — Dyson Foundation/Marist Poll Announces: “Striking a Balance: New Yorkers Speak Out on Rightsizing Local Government”

For media inquiries and technical assistance:

The Marist Poll, 845-575-5050

Lee M. Miringoff

Mary Azzoli

The Dyson Foundation

Diana M. Gurieva, 845-790-6312

Steve Densmore, 845-234-8713

What: Faced with high taxes, rising costs, and declining financial support from state and federal governments, how can local governments still provide essential services?  Is rightsizing local government the answer?

Funded by the Dyson Foundation and conducted by the Marist Poll, this survey of 4,500 New York State residents takes an in-depth look at New York State, as a whole, and nine regions — the Capital Region, the Adirondacks, Western New York, the Finger Lakes, Central New York, the Mid-Hudson Valley, the Lower Hudson Valley, New York City, and Long Island.  The study answers:

  • Where do New Yorkers stand on the issue of local government consolidation?
  • What are the arguments for and against consolidation?
  • Which services – schools, police, fire, parks, water, sewage, public transportation, and prisons — do New Yorkers support or oppose for consolidation?

Who: Lee M. Miringoff, Director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, Robert R. Dyson, President of the Dyson Foundation, and Diana M. Gurieva, Executive Vice President and CEO of the Dyson Foundation

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 12 p.m.

Where: LCA Press Room, the Legislative Office Building in Albany

Remote audio and video opportunities are also available. Lee M. Miringoff and a representative from the Dyson Foundation will conduct a telephone conference call immediately following the press conference at 1:30 p.m. A remote satellite video tour will also be held beginning at 2:30 p.m. Satellite interviews must be booked by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. To book a satellite interview or receive conference call information, call Mary Azzoli, Director of Interactive Media Systems at the Marist Poll, at 845-575-5050.