Counties: Working for You

ariel viewApril is National County Government Month

New 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. 

National County Government Month (NCGM), held each April, is a celebration of county government. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. NCGM is an excellent opportunity for your county to highlight effective county programs and raise public awareness and understanding about the various services provided to the community.


Read 101 Ways Counties Serve New Yorkers and Strengthen the Quality of Their Communities (March 2019).
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View County Government Month resources from the National Association of Counties, including a sample proclamation, media relations tools, logos, and tools for teaching students about county government.

View and share the video below, which highlights some of the ways in which counties serve to connect their communities.

 



County Spotlight Photo Contest 

NYSAC is hosting a photo contest as a part of National County Government Month. Five winning photographs will be published in the upcoming NYSAC News magazine, with a highlight of the county where it was taken.

Photos can include any shot that best represents your county – including but not limited to: landmarks, events, scenic, candid, etc. 

You can submit any number of photos taken on any device, so long as the photos were taken in your county, you have permission to use the photos, and the photos meet the requirements linked below.
 
Click here to view the contest qualifications. Deadline for entries: Thursday, April 18th, 2019, 11:59 PM. Submissions and questions can be sent via email to kpierce@nysac.org



Counties Work for You
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. 

County Resources 
Download the Working for You seal.
Download the Working for You banner.
For a custom Working for You seal with your county's name, email ncorreia@nysac.org