Delaware had three representatives on the 32-member board, while Chenango had two. Broome, on the other hand, had nine.
Broome has nearly 200,000 people. Delaware and Chenango each have about a quarter of that. Steuben, which has about 100,000 people, had two members on the region’s board.
It’s hard to make conclusions based on such data, and evidence that this process is any more efficient at distributing state aid is incomplete, at best, with so much funding still on the table. But it’s certainly fodder for discussion. To take a look at the full document, go to: regionalcouncils.ny.gov/assets/documents/2012REDCbooklet.pdf
RICHARD WHITBY is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at email@example.com.