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State comptroller will release fiscal report on Watertown during visit


State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli will be in Watertown on Wednesday to release his fiscal profile of the city.

He will meet with the media at 10 a.m. to discuss Watertown’s financial and demographic trends. Mr. DiNapoli will be joined by Mayor Jeffrey E. Graham to discuss the report and “some unique fiscal, environmental and systematic” challenges facing cities in New York, according to a press release.

The report is expected to include such topics as the city’s tax base, bond rating, city debt and the impact of Fort Drum.

City Comptroller James E. Mills said he read the draft report that Mr. DiNapoli put together.

“I think it’s positive,” Mr. Mills said.

So far, Mr. DiNapoli also has completed in-depth reports on Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

During his trip to the north country, Mr. DiNapoli also will deliver opening remarks at the fifth annual Local Government Leadership Institute sponsored by his office, at the Best Western. Joanie M. Mahoney, Onondaga County executive, is the event’s keynote speaker.

This year’s institute will focus on his fiscal stress monitoring system and the current state of local governments and strategies for coping with fiscal stress.

The conference features panel discussions with government leaders from across Central and Northern New York. They include Thomas R. Burns, superintendent of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services; Karen M. St. Hilaire, St. Lawrence County administrator; Clayton Town Supervisor Justin A. Taylor; Jan J. Bogdanowicz, chairman of the Tug Hill Commission, and James W. Wright, executive director of the Development Authority of the North Country.

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