ALBANY — Hundreds of county delegates from across the state gathered this week for the New York State Association of Counties' (NYSAC's) 2019 Legislative Conference at the Desmond Hotel in Albany.
Over 600 attendees convened in bipartisan standing committee meetings, training workshops, keynote addresses, and business meetings to develop a series of policy positions on issues that will impact New York State's county governments. County leaders are closely watching and preparing for voting reforms, adult-use marijuana legalization, bail reform, property tax cap permanency, cashless bail, community college funding, and the budget impacts of state-mandated programs.
During the conference, delegates passed a series of 38 policy resolutions in 12 issue areas. These resolutions will become the basis for the NYS Association of Counties (NYSAC's) 2019 advocacy efforts. View the resolutions at www.nysac.org/resolutions.
"This conference is a great opportunity for all of us to share best practices with each other, engage with state leaders, and stay informed about the significant issues that impact counties," said NYSAC President Charles H. Nesbitt, Orleans County Chief Administrative Officer. "We had several meetings that brought county leaders together from across party lines, from counties rural and urban, from all regions of the state, and we focused on the needs of our communities."
During the event NYSAC members recognized retiring Schenectady County Manager Kathleen Rooney, graduates of the County Government Institute, and the Westchester Board of Legislators - the only county board in New York to have a majority of women legislators.