President Mark Alger,
Fast Facts about NYSAC:
1. NYSAC was established by county officials in 1925.
2. NYSAC is governed by a non-partisan 15-member Board of Directors, composed of county officials representing New York's 12 Judicial Districts.
3. NYSAC's policy agenda is set through 12 standing committees, made up of county officials who are experts in their fields.
4. NYSAC has saved taxpayers over $5 billion since 2005 in one program reform alone: Medicaid.
5. Along with NY's other municipal associations, NYSAC will soon launch the Municipal Innovation Exchange to foster government efficiency and service-sharing at the local level.
6. NYSAC is the only organization whose membership is limited to the 62 counties of New York State.
New York State Association of Counties' mission is to represent, educate, advocate for, and serve member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.
NYSAC represents New York's counties before federal, state and local officials on matters germane to county governments; and we inform our membership and the public at large on issues of importance to county governments.
We educate, train and provide research on public policy to federal, state and local officials and to the membership on issues important to counties. We advocate for our 62 counties, including the City of New York, to the legislative and executive branches of government at the state and federal levels.
NYSAC is the voice of New York's county governments and taxpayers.
It is challenging to be a local government official today. The demands on your time, resources, energy and municipal knowledge are higher than they have ever been before. As your association, we are here to help. The Fall Seminar and the reports and resources we continue to produce are designed to support your day to day public service. If you are already signed up, then you can use the attached list of meetings and workshops to plan the best use of your time while you are at the conference. Click here
Fall Seminar Agenda and Registration
In September, hundreds of county officials from throughout NYS will head to Buffalo for NYSAC's Fall Seminar. The conference is the only event just for county officials, with the latest need-to-know information and training opportunities. Early bird registration is available through August 18. View the agenda and register online.
(Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are also available.)
Municipal Innovation Exchange Summits
Collaboration among local governments and school districts is key in finding new and improved ways to efficiently share services. MIX summits are being held around the state to connect and engage local leaders in a discussion of shared services opportunities and successes. Learn more and find a MIX summit near you.
Your Voice for County Government
NYSAC amplifies the voices of county officials and taxpayers in Albany, Washington D.C. and throughout the state. Read Your County Voice for a full overview of NYSAC's role and function.
2014 Legislative Platform
NYSAC’s Legislative Platform represents counties' highest priorities. The program offers the unique perspective of county government leaders on policies that impact local governments and the residents and businesses in our communities. View the Legislative Platform.
Counties & Casino Gaming
In November 2013, New York State voters approved a constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming in the state. The amendment brings changes to our counties, so NYSAC has outlined the county impact of casino gaming development based on the information released thus far. Read NYSAC's report.
Counties are planning for investments in emergency communications systems. This report outlines the challenges of providing 9-1-1 services, and proposes several policy solutions. Read the full report.
NYSAC prepared a briefing on the current state of federal reform proposals and what issues could impact counties in the event of federal reform measures. Read the paper here.
Counties Promote Organ Donation
Counties across NYS are adopting resolutions in support of organ donor registration. Under the direction of Past-President Ed Diana (who recently received a liver transplant), counties are encouraging residents to register as organ donors. Learn more.
"The Pelletier Institute gave me a fresh perspective and a powerful network dedicated to strengthening local government statewide. The education and training I gained in the program have given me the power and ability to intelligently and effectively serve the people who confide in me as their representative. The instructors are knowledgeable and the workshops are interesting and enlightening. NYSAC is a vital source of education and professional development for county officials. All the arrows point in the same direction: toward good government!" - Harmony Speciale, Oneida County, 2013 graduate
Hardcopies of the 2014 NYSAC County Directory are now available, as well as the online version.