Upcoming Events


Legislative Conference

January 30 - February 1, 2017
The Desmond Hotel, Albany


County Finance School

May 2017


Fall Seminar

September 2017

Syracuse 

Why Counties Matter

ariel viewNew York State Counties deliver vital programs and services to the people in their communities. They are at the heart of our state, working directly with and for their residents. 

Read 101 Ways Counties Serve New Yorkers and Strengthen the Quality of Their Communities.


The original purpose of county governments was straight forward: counties built roads, protected residents, and delivered social service programs.

Today's counties do all of those things, and much more. Counties provide hundreds of services, from public health to public safety, from supporting local industries to delivering state programs. 

Counties pass resolutions, ordinances, and local laws. Counties are often the first to fight against societal challenges such as drugs and environmental hazards. 

Counties deliver meals on wheels, provide support for families, youth, and senior citizens, run parks and recreation programs, promote local tourism, and cultivate community. 

Counties make a difference to the people of New York State in ways large and small, every day. 

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