2018 Fall Seminar

September 24 - 26
Rochester, NY (Monroe County)

2019 Legislative Conference

Albany, NY  (Albany County)

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:

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  • 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 
Of these types, the break down across New York counties as as follows:
  • 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.