Nassau County elected its first female County Executive. In St. Lawrence and Columbia counties, women were elected to the position of county coroner. In Tompkins County, the legislature will have as many women on the board as men for the first time in its 200 year history. And throughout New York State, women were elected county legislators, town supervisors, county clerks, and county district attorneys. In all, 62 women were newly elected to county positions in New York State this past November.
"Across the country, women claimed victory in elections at all levels of government - many of them first-time candidates. The same was true in counties throughout New York State," said Stephen Acquario, Executive Director of the New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC).
Currently, 245 women serve in county elected positions statewide.
In 2017, NYSAC launched the Women's Leadership Council for women elected to county office.
"The Women's Leadership Council is focused on providing training, resources, and recruitment," said NYSAC President MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County Executive. "We welcome the newly-elected women in counties throughout New York. We encourage them to take advantage of the support provided by the Women's Leadership Council and of the many resources available through NYSAC."
"The increase in the number of women running for and being elected to public office is historic," said Acquario. "We are excited to see more women leading New York's counties, and we are committed to supporting our newly elected members as they learn the workings of public office and the issues impacting our counties."