• NYSAC represents New York's 62 counties. 

  • From New York City to Niagara Falls, from farmland to mountains to the Great Lakes, New York's counties are beautiful and diverse. 

  • New York's Counties were first established in 1683, more than 100 years before New York became a state.

The County Voice

As the voice of county officials throughout New York State, NYSAC is steadfast in communicating the needs and recommendations of our members to State and Federal lawmakers. Local government is at the heart of New York State, and we are proud to represent New York's counties and their elected and appointed officials.
  • NYSAC represents New York counties and their taxpayers before Federal, State and local officials on matters germane to county governments.
  • NYSAC informs 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 members 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.

News

  • Counties in the News, January 18, 2017

    • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    • NYSAC

    Wednesday's news from counties across the state.

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  • Weekly Wire, Week Ending January 13, 2017

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    • NYSAC

    The County Perspective: Sales Tax, Opioid Abuse, State of the State, ACA, more

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  • County Leaders Unite to Fight the Heroin and Opioid Abuse Epidemic

    • Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    • NYSAC

    Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone hosted a heroin and opioid abuse event today to offer a prescription for local action to help combat addiction in Long Island.   Bellone welcomed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to discuss the findings of the National Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse and to discuss policy and partnership solutions that have been recommended by the task force. Poloncarz is the New York State local government representative on the national task force.    The Long Island event brought together dozens of legislators, law enforcement, mental health, health care, and addiction prevention officials from Nassau and Suffolk counties.   “We will have these regional forums across the state. They are designed to discuss prevention and education strategies that can help to stem the tide of drug, especially opioid abuse in local communities,” said Erie County Executive Poloncarz.   “The heroin and opioid abuse epidemic is impacting too many families in our communities, and it cannot and should not be ignored,” said County Executive Bellone. “This is an opportunity for local government officials, law enforcement, and health care specialists to come together to see what's working and what needs to happen to address this issue now.  With overdose rates continuing to rise, we must act now.”   The local meeting is part of a nationwide effort sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National League of Cities to focus on strategies and programs that aim to prevent individuals from becoming dependent on prescription painkillers and heroin. As the number of drug-related deaths rise across the U.S., these local leaders are redoubling their efforts to boost prevention, designed to keep individuals from becoming drug dependent in the first place.   “This collaborative approach by local leaders is intended to bolster our respective efforts to mitigate the opioid crisis and strengthen the safety and security of our neighborhoods. These regional dialogues are designed to encourage community leaders to discuss the issues related to this crisis, growing trends, and proven responses,” said Matt Chase, executive director of the National Association of Counties.   “As county leaders, we are entrusted with preserving the health and safety of our communities.  It is our duty to do whatever we can to help break the cycles of addiction, overdose, and death that have taken hold in so many corners of this state,” said Schoharie County Treasurer William E. Cherry, president of the New York State Association of Counties, which is coordinating the regional events across the state. 

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County Priorities

County delegates from across the state passed 31 resolutions within 13 issue areas at the 2016 Legislative Conference. These resolutions highlight the priorities of New York's county governments, and are the foundation of NYSAC's legislative priorities. Learn more.