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      CenterState CEO announces new project to modernize local government

      CenterState CEO announced their new project to modernize local government on Friday.

      With Central New York spattered with local government entities -- nearly double the national average -- CenterState CEO is launching a new program to analyze and modernize modern local government.

      The program, called Consensus is a commission that will "look at every level of service in Onondaga County, make specific recommendations, and seek public input," according to CenterState CEO President Robert Simpson.

      The commission will be led by Neil Murphy, former president of SUNT College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Catherine Richardson, retired attorney with bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC; and former Congressman James Walsh. Numerous other local organizations are a part of the commission.

      The project will be funded by a $250,000 state grant secured by State Senator John DeFrancisco, and supported by Senator David Valesky.