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Niagara County officials announce plans to 'ReStart, ReThink and ReConfigure'

Posted at 10:48 AM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 17:17:50-04

NIAGARA COUNTY (WKBW) — Niagara County officials have announced a plan to "ReStart, ReThink and ReConfigure" as the county makes preparations to reopen following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Three working groups will be formed that will consist of members of the Niagara County Legislature, other county leaders, department heads and community partners.

“Niagara County and its residents are more than ready to get back to business, get back to fully functioning, but we fully recognize there is more to that than simply flipping a switch and saying go,” said Niagara County Legislature Vice Chairman John Syracuse. “Our efforts to date have mostly been focused on providing necessary services to taxpayers while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions. Now, we must begin pivoting to post pandemic planning, some of which has already been underway, so we can hit the ground running.”

The three working groups will be:

  • ReStart Niagara – focused on helping businesses get started back up and running, accessing government programs, providing any other support
  • ReThink Niagara – focused on what the county learned in providing services to the community during the pandemic that can modernize its services delivery going forward
  • ReConfigure Niagara – focused on operating Niagara County government in a time of severe budget constraints

“This is not an academic exercise or some long range planning effort that will be implemented down the road,” said Syracuse. “We expect concrete action from each committee in real time.”