County Government Month

New York State counties are at the heart of our state, working directly with and for their residents. 

Counties provide hundreds of services, from public health to public safety, from supporting local industries to delivering state programs. Counties deliver meals on wheels, provide support for families, youth, and senior citizens, run parks and recreation programs, promote local tourism, and cultivate community. 

National County Government Month is a celebration of all the ways, large and small, that counties make a difference to the people of New York State.

Counties are encouraged to schedule activities to connect with constituents and highlight effective programs. It's the perfect opportunity to raise public awareness and understanding about the various services your county provides to the community.

County Parks & Rec Photo Contest!

Let's face it, New York's counties look good.

As part of our celebration of National County Government Month, we're holding a photo contest to share the amazing beauty of and diversity of the counties of New York State with a special emphasis on the beautiful public spaces maintained by counties. To enter, simply share a photo on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag @nyscounties. You may also enter by emailing photos to 

See full contest details here.

Resources to Help Your County Celebrate

101 Ways Counties Serve New Yorkers Factsheet - Use example from this document to create events and social media posts about the myriad ways counties serve their communities!

Sample Press Release - Let your local press know how your county is celebrating County Government Month. 

Sample NACo Proclamation declaring April 2022 as National County Government Month.

Counties Work - iCivics game for use with students of all ages - students learn about local government by playing a county official responding to citizen requests. 

Click here to learn more about National County Government Month and find additional promotional resources.