2020 Legislative Conference

January 27-29
Desmond Hotel
Albany County

54th Annual County Finance School

April 29-May 1
Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
Syracuse, Onondaga County

2020 Fall Seminar

Sept 30 - Oct 2
Crowne Plaza
Lake Placid, Essex County

NYS County Government

New York State’s 57 counties outside the City of New York have generally adopted one of three forms 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 is 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 have jurisdiction over specific departments.

Learn more:

  • 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.