While there is always talk of regionalism and the alleged costs of New York's layers of local government (10,500 at last count), a study aimed at consolidation of two capital area municipal fire departments has gone nowhere.
The $45,000 study has produced the conclusion that Cohoes and Watervliet should stay separate, although areas of cooperation have developed, including cross-border ambulance service.
It's easier said than done to achieve consolidation and frankly its not always a certainty of money savings to the amount needed to overcome boundaries frozen in amber for centuries.
New ways of doing things will evolve but not quickly as the political inertia is with the status quo. Those interested enough to get involved are also well marinated in the way things are.
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