County executives later this month will team up to discuss shared services effort with a panel discussion led by Suffolk’s Steve Bellone.

The panel, due to include Putnam County Executive Mary Ellen Odell, as well as Albany’s Dan McCoy, Nassau’s Laura Curran and Westchester’s Goerge Latimer, will discuss efforts to consolidate government functions such as procurement, purchasing and other municipal functions.

“Here is Suffolk County we are always examining how we can make government more efficient. This first of its kind conference on Long Island is the first step in the process and will bring together both government officials and field experts to share ideas and insights,” Bellone said. “I look forward to working with my fellow County Executives from across New York State to find new and innovate ways to implement best practices and save our taxpayers money.”

The conference will be held July 24 and will feature Comptroller Tom DiNapoli as a keynote speaker.

The effort to share and consolidate services has been a long-standing one in New York on the local government level as well as a pet project of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who sought to devise various carrot-and-stick approaches to the issue, which he’s linked to the property tax burden (though fiscal experts point out the real cost-drivers for taxes on the local level are not layers of government, but mandated spending costs such as Medicaid administration, pension payments, etc).

In Suffolk County, the Bellone-backed plan is expected to save $37 million over the next two years.