Regionalism: The new realism

During what Dutchess County Executive Mark Molinaro described as the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, the official Hudson Valley survival strategy boils down to one word: regionalism.

It was not always thus.

In 2002, Regionalism and Realism, a book about local governance in the New York City metropolitan region, was named an outstanding academic title by Choice magazine. Co-author Dr. Gerald Benjamin, former Ulster County legislator and SUNY New Paltz dean at the time, was one of a very few voices asserting that only by working together as a region could governments cope with rising costs, dropping revenues and the pressure to pay for state-mandated programs.

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