Monday, January 26, 2015

County Executives Statewide Elect Albany’s Dan McCoy As First Vice President

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy has been elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the New York State County Executives’ Association, a statewide bipartisan association comprised of county executives from across the state.

The County Executives’ Association includes the chief elected leaders of 18 county governments with charter forms of government that include a county executive, plus the mayor of the City of New York. Under the Association executive leadership succession process, County Executive McCoy will serve as president for one year beginning in December of this year.

“I am pleased to serve the association and provide a stronger voice for Albany County,” said McCoy. “My administration has advanced several initiatives that I believe will help other counties in New York.  Just last week, I announced that my administration has been working to craft state legislation requiring the state to take over funding of the 18-b program, by which the county pays to support indigent criminal defendants..  By working together we can share programs that work and maximize efficiencies for taxpayers.”      

These county executives from across the state meet on a quarterly basis to discuss critical issues facing counties in New York. Chief among the issues are the 2015 Legislative Session and the 2015-16 state budget, which has a significant impact on county operations and funding. The group also discusses concerns surrounding state and federal mandates, home rule authority, the implementation of shared services programs and state tax reform proposals.

Albany County has been leading the way in protecting residents who live and work near the rails from the potential danger posed by increasing numbers of oil trains carrying volatile chemicals The administration has also been in the forefront of protecting the public by enacting a law banning the use of Styrofoam in food containers and banning kids’ toys and other products made with toxic chemicals.        

In July, McCoy was elected the Northeast Region Vice President of the County Executives of America at their annual conference in New Orleans. That conference coincided with the annual conference of the National Association of Counties.

County Executive McCoy was first elected to the position of Albany County Executive in November 2011. He is a strong advocate for counties’ role in strengthening public safety, ensuring fiscal responsibility, and shoring up core infrastructure assets.

The counties participating in the County Executives Association include: Albany, Broome, Chautauqua, Chemung, Dutchess, Erie, Monroe, Montgomery, Nassau, Oneida, Onondaga, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Suffolk, Ulster, Westchester, and the City of New York.

The New York State County Executives Association is an affiliate of the New York State Association of Counties, a bipartisan municipal association serving the counties of New York State including the City of New York. Organized in 1925, NYSAC’s mission is to represent, educate and advocate for member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public.

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