Governor Pataki Signs New York State Privatization Bill (cont.)
The inability of the existing saver infrastructure to accept additional sewage flow has resulted in lost economic opportunity for the residents of Orange County.

“"Through this legislation, Orange County will become a model to other communities throughout New York State,” State Senator Bill Larkin said. “The public-private partnership to be created will expand the development potential for the region while delivering state-of-the-art sewage treatment at low, controlled costs tot he residents of the county. I am very proud that I was able to negotiate and sponsor this bill on behalf of my constituents.”

This bill addresses the County's critical need for effective and expanded sewage capacity in order to allow for new development, as well as helping to protect the quality of Orange County's water supply. The legislation represents a well-reasoned approach to privatization. since it requires supervision of agreements by sewer districts and contains safeguards to ensure privatization arrangements are cost-effective, while encouraging the retention of current sewer district employees.

“This legislation provides another valuable option to help develop a sound long-term solution to the challenge of providing sewer capacity in southern Orange County,” said Orange County Executive Joseph Cr. Rampe. “I thank the Governor and members of the Senate and Assembly for their hard work in helping to make additional sewer capacity possible for the people of Orange County.”

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New York State Advisory Commission on Privatization Chairman Ronald S. Lauder said, “In the search for greater efficiency in government, taxpayers are too often faced with a harsh choice: cut services or raise taxes. The competition and innovation of private enterprise offers a third way, a better way to provide needed services at the lowest possible cost. Governor Pataki's approval of this privatization project for Orange County's water and wastewater treatment represents an imaginative approach to making government work better and cheaper while assuring local control and protecting the environment.”

"The Water industry Council expects this legislation to be a model, of public-private partnering for counties and cities throughout the State and the nation," Water industry Council Executive Director Lawrence Chertoff said. "The private water and wastewater industries thanks Governor Patnki for his leadership in forging cooperative ventures between the public and private sectors."

New York State Bar Association Water Privatization Task Force Chairman Martin S. Baker said, “This bill allows local governments to use new approaches and techniques providing needed water facilities.”

“By expanding the role of the private sector in providing sewage treatment, this bill will give Orange County the opportunity to lower the costs of providing sewage services, while optimizing benefits to the County's residents,” Governor Pataki said. “This bill should serve as an example to municipa- lities throughout the State of a creating and feasible alternative to the current provision of services to ratepayers and taxpayers.”