Local Government in New York State

Course Overview

Members of city councils, town boards, and village boards of trustees have an assortment of powers and responsibilities. This course reviews the organization of local government—towns, cities, villages, counties, and several other special units of government. The various roles of the three branches of government examined include their legislative powers; the executive/administrative duties of elected officials, the many day-to-day operations, such as making appointments, supervision, budgetary, and review of land use applications. The course also touches on topics all public officers should know about—qualifications for office, oaths of office, undertaking, code of ethics, financial disclosure statements, defense and indemnification, and incompatibilities of office.

This course is 1.5 hours in length.