- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A group representing mayors and local officials around New York state is urging state legislators to find more money for local water projects and roads.

The New York Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officers announced its 2016 legislative priorities on Thursday, the day after lawmakers convened their annual session.

Greater state funding is the conference’s top priority, with money for drinking water, waste water and local highways and transit singled out.

The conference says it hopes lawmakers will work to relax a cap on local property taxes to allow local leaders greater flexibility.

Abandoned property and downtown revitalization, two other issues facing many cities and towns, is another priority, with the conference seeking greater power to take over abandoned commercial properties.

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