Sydney directs the Program on Local and Intergovernmental Studies (POLIS). The program supports effective intergovernmental systems through case studies and action research, and through active partnerships with state and local governments in New York State. IGSP partnered with the State Comptroller to build a dialogue around local government sustainability, conducted case studies of state-local intergovernmental programs, and recently completed a series of case studies on intermunicipal cooperation. Sydney and IGSP serve in an advisory capacity to state agencies on intergovernmental matters. Current IGSP research focuses on justice court restructuring and intermunicipal cooperation and collaboration initiatives as tools to improve services and reduce costs. Last spring, IGSP produced a report on “Municipal Cooperation and Consolidation: Mapping Albany County.” Sydney is leading the IGSP team on a new report capturing statewide trends in cooperation entitled, “Intermunicipal Cooperation and Consolidation Activities in New York State: A Second Look,” which will be released soon. The team just completed a year-long study of justice court issues, particularly restructuring of justice courts.