Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement Friday praised Broome County Executive Jason Garnar for taking up an effort to find cost savings on the local level in order to reduce property taxes.

Garnar, a Democrat like Cuomo, has formed a committee of Broome County former and current officials to develop share service proposals that would later be voted on in the November general election this year.

Cuomo included the plan in his $152 billion budget proposal to the criticism of some elected Republican county executives who are considering challenging him in 2018 for re-election.

“I commend County Executive Jason Garnar on his leadership in forming this panel that will work together to share services, cut costs and provide much-needed relief to Broome County property tax payers,” Cuomo said.

“New York’s property taxes are some of the highest in the nation and we must work together to lower them, as well as restore confidence in government to deliver on the needs of the people. I strongly urge the legislature to join us by passing my plan to confront this critical issue this session.”