NYS County Government
New York State’s 57 counties outside the City of New York have generally adopted one of three methods of county organization:
- Charter counties with an elected executive or appointed administrative official,
- Counties with an appointed manager or administrator organized under county law, and
- Those operating under the administrative direction of an elected legislative body
- County Charters—23 counties: 18 currently with county executives elected in countywide general elections and five with appointed administrators or managers.
- Appointed Manager/Administrator—22 counties have administrators and 10 have managers.
- Legislative Body—8 counties provide oversight and administration through their board chair and/or committees that that have jurisdiction over specific departments.
Reports & White Papers
- County Government in New York State - a report on the historical development of counties and the state statutes in New York that have influenced the establishment of local government in general, and county government in particular.