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At the moment here, the county executive is throwing around regionalism, although at first it would be a consolidation of the city's and county's government. Whether or not suburban communities would climb on board is another story. For one thing, we can not seem to consolidate all the EDA's, which is why I am skeptical.
This form of government is also illegal in New York State (as well as other things that keep pushing residents to leave), although a local assemblyman is pushing to reform the annexation laws.
Other cities have done it in some form such as, Indianapolis, Nashville, and more recently, Louisville. Whether it could happen here, I don't know, seeing how we have one of the worst state run governments in the country.