Policy Outsider

Episode 12:
Power to the People


On this episode of “Policy Outsider,” Rockefeller Institute fellow Dr. Lisa Parshall discusses the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act and the effect it has had on village dissolutions. The episode highlights the Institute’s recent report on village dissolutions, which detailed the motivation behind New York State’s push to dissolve village governments.


Parshall discusses the effect the 2010 law has had on the rate of village dissolutions and what dissolution means for village residents and neighboring communities. Parshall identifies the noneconomic reasons residents are often reluctant to dissolve their villages. Their concerns include community identity and pride, the importance of municipal buildings and symbols, festivals and community celebrations, as well as the role of local emergency services.


Lisa Parshall, fellow at the Rockefeller Institute of Government



Policy Outsider

“Policy Outsider” from the Rockefeller Institute of Government takes you outside the halls of power to understand how decisions of law and policy shape our everyday lives.

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