City and Town Form Joint Group to Explore Shared Services

(Canandaigua, NY) – The City of Canandaigua and the Town of Canandaigua will be working together with a common goal of sharing more resources.  The Mayor of the City of Canandaigua and the Town Supervisor of the Town of Canandaigua have announced the formation of a joint exploratory group to identify opportunities for shared services between the two municipalities. 

The nine member group will evaluate the functions of both municipalities over the next several months for increased efficiencies of operations while looking to reduce costs for the taxpayers of both municipalities.

The Chief Elected Officials have announced the mission statement of the group is to “Evaluate all operations of both municipalities to achieve a common goal of excellence in service to the residents of the one community of Canandaigua.”  Tasks for the group include the analysis of data across all operations to identify sources of revenue, decrease costs, assuring positive resident experiences, reliability of services, efficiency, and risk mitigation.      

“While the City and the Town have a long history of sharing resources, services, programs, and equipment; opportunities exist that might enable the two municipalities to work more closely with one another”, said Mayor Ellen Polimeni.  

Supervisor Greg Westbrook said, “Canandaigua is one community that is successful on many different levels.  Working collaboratively, I am confident we have the ability to tap into each other’s strengths and position our community for even better things to come.”

The nine member exploratory group includes:

                       City of Canandaigua                                       Town of Canandaigua

            Mayor Ellen Polimeni                                     Supervisor Greg Westbrook

City Manager John Goodwin                         Town Manager Doug Finch

            Jim Mueller, City Resident                             John Casey, Town Resident

            Laura Kenyon, City Resident                         Vince Yacuzzo, Town Resident

Kevin Olvany, Canandaigua Lake Watershed


The group will begin meeting in July and immediately begin the process of evaluating opportunities in keeping with the mission statement.  The group is scheduled to complete their work by late fall in order for each municipality to consider taking action on the findings for 2018, and make preparations in relation to the 2018 budgets. 


Comments from residents and business owners will be welcome during the evaluation; however, two public informational meetings have also been scheduled to gather input from the public:

Monday, July 24, 2017                                  Wednesday, August 9, 2017

6:30pm                                                            6:30pm

Town Hall – Lower Level                                  Hurley Building

5440 Route 5 & 20 West                                 205 Saltonstall Street

Canandaigua, NY 14424                                Canandaigua, NY 14424


Ideas, comments or suggestions from Town or City residents or others may be directed to:

Town Manager, Doug Finch                           City Manager, John Goodwin

Phone: (585)394-1120, ext. 2234                               Phone: (585)396-5000, ext. 5010

Email:       Email:


Suggestions and considerations will be placed in one of two categories, either short term or long term.  Items for short term consideration will be those identified as being able to be achieved during the 2018 calendar year.  All other items will be considered long term and will be evaluated for further consideration.

All findings from the review will be presented to the City Council of the City of Canandaigua and the Town Board of the Town of Canandaigua for consideration.  Dates for those presentation meetings will be provided at a later date, and likely occur later in the year. 

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