Nicastro had shepherded through a measure that wiped out a requirement that cities and towns provide all sorts of paper records about proposed subdivisions to regional planners -- a costly process -- and replaced it with a provision that the material could be sent electronically instead. The material was also required to be sent via certified mail, which added to the cost.
Pompei, a Republican, said the new rule -- which is now state law -- will save municipalities lots of money. But the legislature's fiscal office said it would result in less than $1,000 in savings for towns and cities statewide.
Even so there is at least one unfunded mandate that quietly vanished this term.