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Chemung County Courthouse

The member counties of the New York State Association of Counties have played roles in the French and Indian and the Revolutionary wars. We’ve led the nation in agriculture and manufacturing. Our waterways opened the way for travel and commerce to the west, and the counties along the Hudson and Mohawk rivers and the Erie Canal were critical to the strength and growth of New York State. (Left: Chemung County Courthouse.)

Links to information about each of New York's counties can be found on the right.


NYSACs Executive Director Stephen Acquario with the King's Charter

The King's Charter

New York's counties were established 330 years ago by an act of the British king. A copy of the charter was unveiled in the NYSAC office in December 2013 (right). View the full text of the charter establishing New York's counties.


The Origins of New York State's County Names

Sketches of New York State’s colorful early history are wrapped up in the everyday words that name our 62 counties. They recall the Indians, the English and Dutch colonists, heroes of the Revolutionary War years, Presidents and early politicians – and the inventor of the steamboat. The derivations of how the counties got their names was compiled by state historians, and used to appear in New York’s Legislative Manual.

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Counties Making a Difference

Through their membership in NYSAC, New York's counties have come together to support several important causes. More information about these causes can be found below.

Counties Promote Organ Donation

Counties across NYS are adopting resolutions recognizing and supporting National Donate Life Month. Under the direction of Immediate Past-president Ed Diana (who recently received a liver transplant), counties are encouraging residents to register as organ donors.

Becoming a registered organ donor in New York State is easy and can be done online. Visit the New York Organ Donor Network website or the NYS DMV website to register.

View and share the Dr Oz PSA: Go the Extra Mile, NY: Become an Organ Donor!