New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, Speaker
Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations
The Legal Framework for Providing
Local Government Services
|Last Modified 7/2009|
The New York State Legislative Commission on State-Local Relations, in cooperation with the Association of Towns of the State of New York, the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials, the New York State Association of Counties, the Association of Small City School Districts and the Government Law Center at Albany Law School, is pleased to make available The Legal Framework for Providing Local Government Services.
For key areas of local government structure, from the creation, consolidation and dissolution of local governments, to the provision of particular services from animal control to zoning, the Legal Framework provides for the local level and, where appropriate, for the state's role:
The resource is designed to facilitate efforts to streamline local government services, to ensure their effective and efficient delivery, and to complement the Shared Services Program of the NYS Department of State (DOS). Details on the Program are available on the following DOS website:
The Commission will update Legal Framework information regularly, and would like to acknowledge the important contribution of the Assembly Counsel's Office in this effort.
The information updates a 1987 Commission report, New York's State-Local Service Delivery System - Legal Framework and Services Provided, which focused on general purpose local governments - counties, cities, towns and villages. In recognition of the important role of special purpose local governments in providing local services, this update includes more complete information on special districts, not included in the original report.
The information is intended as a guide, and does not completely discuss the various legal issues surrounding local governments or the services they provide. This information is not a substitute for professional legal advice and local officials should consult with their attorneys. Questions regarding opinions of the State Comptroller should be directed to the Office of the State Comptroller.
The nature of State programs aiding local governments in the areas included in the Legal Framework vary from year to year, depending on priority need and funding availability. Information on current programs can be obtained by contacting the State agencies directly. Also, visit the resource available on this website, Catalog of State and Federal Programs Aiding New York's Local Governments.
The Commission encourages users to provide comments on this resource by sending an e-mail to the Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to the Commission at the following address:
Legal Framework - Local Level:
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