§ A400-2Adirondack Park Agency Local Government Review Board —
§ A400-3County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board — 1020.
§ A400-4Capital District Regional Planning Commission — 1030.
§ A400-5Capital District Transportation Committee — 1040.
§ A400-6Community Services Board — 1050.
§ A400-7Conditional Release Board — 1060.
§ A400-8Criminal Justice Advisory Committee — 1070.
§ A400-9Economic Opportunity Council — 1080.
§ A400-10Empire Zone Administrative Board — 1085.
§ A400-11Environmental Management Council — 1090.
§ A400-12Ethics Advisory Council — 1100.
§ A400-13Board of Ethics — 1101.
§ A400-14County Fire Advisory Board — 1110.
§ A400-15Fish and Wildlife Management Board Region 5 — 1120.
§ A400-16Forest Practice Board — 1130.
§ A400-17Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council — 1135.
§ A400-18Industrial Development Agency — 1140.
§ A400-19County Jury Board — 1150.
§ A400-20Supreme Court Library Board of Trustees — 1160.
§ A400-21Local Early Intervention Coordinating Council — 1170.
§ A400-22Local Emergency Planning Committee — 1180.
§ A400-23Office for the Aging Advisory Council — 1200.
§ A400-24Planning Board — 1210.
§ A400-25Public Health Professional Advisory Committee — 1230.
§ A400-26Region 5 — Open Space Advisory Committee — 1235.
§ A400-27Saratoga Lake Protection and Improvement District — 1240.
§ A400-28Self Insurance Labor Management Safety Board — 1250.
§ A400-29Sewer District No. 1 — 1260.
§ A400-30Soil and Water Conservation District — 1270.
§ A400-31Tourism Advisory Committee — 1280.
§ A400-32Traffic Safety Board — 1290.
§ A400-33Workforce Investment Board — 1295.
§ A400-34Youth Advisory Board — 1300.
§ A400-35Cooperative Extension Board of Directors — 2030.
§ A400-36County Bikeway — Greenway Committee — 2040.
§ A400-37Saratoga County Council of Fish and Game Clubs — 2070.
§ A400-38Greater Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Area
§ A400-39Intercounty Legislative Association of the Adirondacks —
§ A400-40Saratoga Gaming and Raceway Foundation — 2115.
§ A400-41Water Authority — 2120.
§ A400-42Farmland/Open Space Preservation Committee — 2195.
§ A400-43Affirmative Action Officer — 4010.
§ A400-44County Attorney — 4020.
§ A400-45County Auditor — 4030.
§ A400-46Clerk to the Board of Supervisors — 4040.
§ A400-47Board of Elections — 4050.
§ A400-48Director of Emergency Services — 4060.
§ A400-49County Historian — 4070.
§ A400-50Personnel Officer — 4080.
§ A400-51Public Defender — 4090.
§ A400-52Commissioner of Public Works — 4100.
§ A400-53Director of Real Property Tax Services — 4110.
§ A400-54Commissioner of Social Services — 4120.
§ A400-55Director of Veterans' Services — 4130.
§ A400-56Weights and Measure Director — 4140.
§ A400-57Buildings and Grounds Committee — 5010.
§ A400-58Economic Development Committee— 5020.
§ A400-59Equalization and Assessment Committee — 5030.
§ A400-60Personnel Committee — 5040.
§ A400-61Law and Finance Committee — 5050.
§ A400-62Legislative and Research Committee — 5060.
§ A400-63Public Health Committee — 5070.
§ A400-64Public Safety Committee — 5080.
§ A400-65Public Works Committee — 5090.
§ A400-66Social Programs Committee — 5100.
§ A400-67Veterans' Committee — 5110.
Saratoga County is governed by a Board of Supervisors and operates pursuant to New York State County Law. The Board of Supervisors is comprised of 23 Supervisors, one from each of 18 of the 19 towns of the County, one from the City of Mechanicville and two each from the Town of Clifton Park and the City of Saratoga Springs. The Board is headed by the Chair of the Board, who is elected annually by the members of the Board to a one-year term. A Vice Chair of the Board is also elected to act for the Chair in his absence or disability. The Board is supported by the office of the Clerk of the Board.
The Board of Supervisors is the legislative body of Saratoga County, acting through the passage of resolutions and local laws. The Board normally meets to vote on proposed legislation on the third Tuesday of each month. That meeting is preceded by an agenda session on the preceding Wednesday at which the agenda for the Board meeting is set.
Prior to being placed on the agenda, proposals for legislative action are reviewed by committees of the Board. There are 12 standing committees of the Board of Supervisors, made up of seven members each (except for the Racing Committee, which has five members) appointed by the Chair of the Board. These committees review matters within their subject matter and make a recommendation which is passed on to the Board of Supervisors through the Law and Finance Committee. This Committee reviews the committee recommendations and authorizes placement of proposals which it approves on the agenda for Board action.
The standing committees of the Board are organized according to subject matter. The departments of County government report to the committee which handles the area of government in which the department acts. Following is a diagram showing the committees of the Board and the departments of the County which report to them.
The day-to-day business of the Saratoga County government is transacted through administrative departments. There are 30 departments, each of which is headed by a department head (with the exception of the two coroners, who share leadership of their department, and the two Election Commissioners). In addition to reporting to the Board of Supervisors through its committees, the department heads report to the County Administrator, who is the administrative head of Saratoga County.
The County's departments act as liaison between Saratoga County government and the State of New York. The departments carry out state programs mandated by state law and administered through state agencies having jurisdiction over the activities and programs of the department.
Total members and terms: one member with length of term being one year but Board may alter; Board may designate an alternate.
Legal authorization: Executive Law § 803-a.
Total members: 11 members, including four farmers, one agribusinessman, one agricultural land preservationist, the Chairman of Soil and Water Commission (ex officio), a County cooperative extension agent, County Planning Director, Real Property Tax Director, and one Supervisor who serves as Chairman. Farmers and agribusinessmen serve four-year terms staggered two by two by two. The Supervisor member serves for his BOS term.
Legal authorization: Agriculture and Markets Law § 302.
Duties: advise the County Board of Supervisors and work with the County Planning Board in relation to the proposed establishment, modification, and termination of agriculture districts.
Total members and terms: five members from the four Capital District Committees serve for two-year terms.
Legal authorization: General Municipal Law § 239; Resolution 44 of 1984; Resolution 4 of 2005.
Total members and terms: two members represent Saratoga County, including the Chair of the Board and one at-large member. Term is for one year.
Legal authorization: Authority is intermunicipal. Resolution of understanding and federal funding regulations. Resolution 62 of 1965.
Total members and terms: 15 members, including one physician and one psychologist. Other members shall represent community agencies for the mentally disabled and mentally ill and substance abuse. Terms are for four years and must be staggered 1/3, 1/3, and 1/3.
Legal authorization: Mental Hygiene Law § 41.11.
Duties: see Mental Hygiene Law § 41.11.
Appointment authority: County Administrator.
Total members and terms: at least three members, four-year terms, four years' college, five years' experience in field of criminology (see list in statute).
Legal authorization: Correction Law, Article 12, § 271.
Appointment authority: Chair to the Board designates an ex-offender, a crime victim, and a representative from a private organization doing work in alternatives to incarceration.
Total members and terms: not fewer than 15 members nor more than 20 members who serve for one year each. Mandatory members include County Administrator as Chairman, Chair of the Board, Chairman of Public Safety Committee, Probation Director, County Judge or delegate, Public Defender or delegate, Town or City Justice designated by Chief Administrative Judge, District Attorney or delegate, Director of Community Services, representative of local police agency chosen by all heads of police agencies, ex-offender, crime victim, and private organization doing work in alternatives to incarceration.
Legal authorization: Executive Law § 261.
Duties: develop an alternative to incarceration service plan to relieve overcrowding in jails and enhance treatment of offenders.
Total members and terms: the Chairman is entitled to appoint high officials to 1/3 of the membership of EOC. No term of office is mandated, but Board practice is to appoint annually. Appointees may designate persons to vote on their behalf.
Legal authorization: bylaws of EOC in consonance with federal requirements for community action agencies.
Duties: to assist County Department of Social Services and County Planning Board in developing human services and identifying pressing social problems.
Total members and terms: seven members; three-year terms except Chair who is Chair of the Economic Development Committee.
Legal authorization: Local Law No. 3 of 2000 per Article 18-B of General Municipal Law; Resolution 4 of 2005.
Total members and terms: one member represents each city, town, or village advisory committee to be determined annually by the respective appointing authority. Nine members are appointed at large for two-year terms.
Legal authorization: Environmental Conservation Law § 47-0105; Board Resolution 203 of 1971.
Duties: advise on all matters affecting the preservation, conservation and ecologically suitable use of the natural resources of the County.
Total members and terms: five members appointed with staggered four-year terms (two or three every two years); Chairman appointed by Chair of the Board.
Total members and terms: at least five members, the majority of whom may not be County officials. Term is four years. Chair appoints Chairman of the Board of Ethics for one-year term, from among the five members.
Legal authorization: General Municipal Law § 806; Resolution Nos. 14, 167, and 168 of 1970; Local Law No. 1 of 1998.
Duties: render advisory opinions to officers or employees of Saratoga County.
Total members and terms: not fewer than five nor more than 21 members will serve a two-year term.
Legal authorization: County Law § 225-a.
Duties: to cooperate with Office of Fire Prevention and Control of the Department of State for programs for fire training, fire service related activities and mutual aid; establishment and maintenance of a County Fire Training School and mutual aid program in case of fire and other emergencies in which services of firemen would be used; to act as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors and to the County Fire Coordinator.
Total members and terms: three members from each county within the region with two-year terms; one member selected from the Board of Supervisors; one landowner representative to be selected from recommendations of the Farm Bureau and Pomona Grange; one sportsman representative selected from recommendations of organized sportsman's groups. Members cannot serve for more than three consecutive terms.
Legal authorization: Environmental Conservation Law § 11-0501.
Duties: formulate a statement of fish and wildlife practices appropriate for the region and submit it to DEC for approval.
Total members and terms: Regional Board with three members from the County. One member may be a Supervisor and would serve for his elected term; 2/3 of members must be owners of forest or farmland in the County and serve for three-year terms.
Legal authorization: Environmental Conservation Law §§ 9-0705 and 9-0709.
Duties: determine and submit for state approval the forest practice standards necessary for their region.
Total members and terms: three members: one County, one Town of Day and one Town of Edinburg with one alternate.
Legal authorization: Upper Hudson/Sacandaga River Offer of Settlement, Paragraph 8.2.1; Resolution 12 of 2005.
Duties: administer the Great Sacandaga Lake Enhancement Fund.
Total members and terms: seven members, including one Supervisor who serves for his elected term. All other members serve at pleasure of the Board without terms.
Legal authorization: General Municipal Law §§ 856 and 890-h; Resolutions 250 of 1971 and 9 of 1991.
Duties: promote, develop, encourage, and assist in the advancement of job opportunities, health, general property and welfare of Saratoga County.
Total members and terms: three members with one Supervisor appointed for his or her term of election. The other two members are the County Judge and a resident Supreme Court Judge not appointed by the Board. The Supervisor may not be involved in the practice of law.
Legal authorization: Judiciary Law §§ 503 and 504.
Duties: appoint the Commissioner of Jurors for a four-year term and review matters related to jury selection.
Appointment authority: Appellate Division, 3rd Judicial Department.
Total members and terms: three members serve two years. Supervisor's appointment will not exceed term on Board. Other two members include Supreme Court Judge and an attorney.
Legal authorization: Judiciary Law § 814.
Duties: make rules for the management and protection of the library in their charge.
Total members and terms: membership varies but must include, pursuant to Section 302 of Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, elected state and local officials, police, fire, emergency management, public health, environmental, hospital, and transportation officials, representatives of regulated facilities, community groups, and media. Generally appointed to a one-year term, but there is no requirement. State Emergency Planning Commissioner delegates nominees of LEPC to County Executive.
Duties: oversee preparation of Community Emergency Response Plan and oversee implementation of "Community Right to Know" information; set rules for accessibility to information; review new legislation, etc.
Appointment authority: Chair of the Board of Supervisors.
Total members and terms: 25 members; two- and three-year terms.
Legal authorization: 9 NYCRR 6652.6 and Section 306(f), Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.
Duties: It shall be the responsibility of the Advisory Council to advise the Saratoga County Office for the Aging on all matters relating to the delivery of services to the elderly and supporting senior citizen programs throughout the Saratoga County Planning Area; to assist in establishing objectives; to have authority to make recommendation to the Director for the Office for the Aging for presentation to the Board of Supervisors, including but not limited to the items listed below:
Total members and terms: seven members appointed for five-year terms. The Commissioner of Public Works is an ex officio member.
Legal authorization: General Municipal Law §§ 239-b and 239-d; Resolution 48 of 1961; Resolution 74 of 1965.
Duties: perform planning work, including but not limited to surveys, land use studies, and the planning needs of the County.
Total members and terms: 15 members plus Director of Patient Services and Assistant Director of Patient Services. Membership must include at least one nurse and one doctor.
Legal authorization: 10 NYCRR 763.11(a)(13).
Duties: review policies pertaining to the delivery of health services by the Public Health Nursing Service.
Total members and terms: Committee shall consist of at least 13 and not more than 23 members. Each county shall appoint members in a manner designed to provide equal representation for all counties within a region. Each member of the committee shall be a resident of that region.
Legal authorization: § 49-0209, Environmental Conservation Law.
Duties: Recommend policy and procedures for protection of lands in the region; recommend to the department and office specific studies or assessments which would assist in the development of land acquisition; establish working liaison relationships with neighboring regional advisory committees where such liaison will further overall land acquisition objectives; develop guidelines for use in identifying priorities of land acquisition and recommending specific parcels for possible acquisition; advise commissioners and State Land Acquisition Advisory Council annually with respect to plans and priorities; review state land acquisition plan prepared by department and office to make recommendations regarding such plan.
Total members and terms: five members who are residents of the district are appointed for three-year terms as Commissioners. One Commissioner each shall represent the Towns of Malta, Saratoga, Stillwater, and the City of Saratoga Springs. The other is at large.
Legal authorization: Chapter 460 of the Laws of 1986.
Duties: manage and control the property of the district.
Total members and terms: not fewer than six nor more than 10 members, excluding Chairman. Equal representatives of labor and management. Labor representatives selected from a list submitted by authorized bargaining units. One-year term expires on December 31.
Legal authorization: Workers' Compensation Law § 71.
Duties: Educate public employees of the plan participants in proper health and safety procedures.
Total members and terms: nine members are appointed for three-year terms. Members must be residents of the district.
Legal authorization: County Law § 261; Resolutions 230 and 208 of 1971; Resolution 127 of 1972.
Duties: serve as administrative head of County Sewer District.
Total members and terms: seven members, three members representing County Grange, Farm Bureau, and landowners for three-year staggered terms. Two County Supervisors serve for one-year terms.
Legal authorization: Soil and Water Conservation District Law §§ 6 and 7; Resolutions 59 of 1947 and 15 of 1992.
Duties: see Soil and Water Conservation District Law § 9.
Total members and terms: not more than 15 members, including a representative from each of the Chambers of Commerce, the City Authority, the Tourism and Convention Bureau and the SEDC. Terms are for one year.
Legal authorization: Resolution 226 of 1989.
Duties: provide advice and assistance to the Promotion Director in the development of the County's annual tourism and promotion.
Total members and terms: 20 members for three-year staggered terms.
Legal authorization: Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1673; Local Law No. 2 of 1978.
Total members and terms: 40 members for three-year staggered terms. Saratoga County Apprentice 16.
Legal authorization: 29 U.S.C. § 2832; consortium agreement among Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties.
Total members and terms: 27 members, including 21 representing all cities and towns, representation of County agencies engaged in youth services, representatives of minority groups and two high school students. Term is one year.
Legal authorization: New York State Executive Department Division for Youth Regulations Title 9; Executive Law Article 19A, §§ 419 and 420; Resolutions 315 of 1976 and 177 of 1977; 9 NYCRR 165-1.1.
Duties: develop effective policies and programs for the prevention and control of delinquency and crimes by youth and to further youth development.
Total members and terms: Board of Supervisors is entitled to appoint one Supervisor to the Extension Board. Term is three years, but would be made annually for the Board of Supervisors.
Legal authorization: Intermunicipal agreement with Cooperative Extension based upon our annual grant.
Duties: oversee cooperative extension programs of Cornell Cooperative Extension, such as water quality, solid waste management, commercial and alternative agriculture technologies, nutrition, diet and health, community and rural development, housing availability and affordability, and family and economic well-being (see County Law § 224-b).
Total members and terms: no limit to membership; one-year term.
Legal authorization: Chair's discretion; 23 U.S.C. §§ 134, 135 and 217.
Duties: explore funding availability for bikeway and greenway initiatives and make recommendations through the Development Programs Committee for distribution of federal and state recreation funding to local municipalities.
Total members and terms: Board Chair is entitled to name one Supervisor to this Council for one-year term.
Legal authorization: organizational bylaws.
Total members and terms: the Council members shall be appointed annually as follows:
A representative and an alternate from each county legislative body, as appointed by that body. At least one of the appointments shall be a member of the legislative body.
A representative and an alternate from each County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), as appointed by the SWCD Board of Directors. Both of the appointments shall be either a member of the Board of Directors or its staff.
A representative and an alternate from each County Planning Board, as appointed by the county legislative body. At least one of the appointments shall be either a member of the Planning Board or its staff.
Legal authorization: Resolution 381 of 1983.
Duties: coordinate with neighboring counties regarding federal resource conservation and development programs including loans and grants for flood protection, erosion control, water quality and other common projects and development.
Total members and terms: no cap on members; terms are for calendar year.
Legal authorization: Resolutions 105 of 1967 and 9 of 1985; internal bylaws.
Duties: consider problems of mutual interest in relation to federal, state and local government.
Total members and terms: seven members, four of whom must be elected officials and all of whom must be within the service delivery area. Terms shall be two years and staggered.
Legal authorization: Title 8-F of Article 5 of the Public Authorities Law.
Duties: establish and administer a Countywide water system.
Total members and terms: two members, one from each major party on recommendation of each County party chairman. The term is two years to expire on December 31 of even-numbered years.
Duties: enforce the New York State Election Law.
Term: serves at the pleasure of each Board Chair; must be appointed with each reorganization of the Board.
Legal authorization: Defense Emergency Act of 1950, Unconsolidated Laws, Title 26, Chapter 1, § 9101.
Duties: represent and advise the Chair on all matters pertaining to natural disasters and civil defense.
Legal authorization: Arts and Cultural Affairs Law § 57.07; creation of the position is permissive.
Duties: promote the establishment and improvement of programs for the management and preservation of local government records; to collect and preserve material relating to the history of the County.
Term: six years commencing October 1971 and every six years thereafter.
Legal authorization: Real Property Tax Law § 1530.
Appointment authority: Chair with approval of the Board of Supervisors.
Term: not more than one year.
Legal authorization: Executive Law § 357.
Appointment authority: Chair with the approval of the Board of Supervisors.
Duties: to have charge of all real County property, its use, maintenance, renovation, space allocation, repairs and replacement, including maintenance and development of the Saratoga County Airport property; to oversee and approve all lease agreements involving the County of Saratoga; to have specific charge of the County Park; to oversee parking regulations and facilities; and to supervise the provision of construction, technical, engineering and legal services necessary or appropriate for construction of the County Landfill.
Duties: to have supervision over County planning matters and activities as provided under § 220 of the County Law and Article 12-B of the General Municipal Law; to meet periodically with the County Planning Board for the purpose of correlating the activities and objectives; to have general cognizance of all matters relating to the preservation and improvement of the environment; to maintain liaison with the Environmental Management Council; generally managing and dealing with all matters of transportation, excluding those assigned to the Public Works Committee; to act as liaison with the Capital District Transportation Authority; to handle matters under the Mass Transportation Act; to develop, as the need arises, long-range plans affecting any forms of transportation within the County; to work in conjunction with various County publicity and promotion committees in fostering continuous publicity for the County and to formulate a County promotion program; to consult with industrial and business firms regarding matters of mutual interest and concern; to assist local efforts to attract new business and industry to the County in a continuous effort to improve the commercial and industrial climate of the area; to meet periodically with and to maintain liaison with the Saratoga Economic Development Corporation and to make such recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as it deems in the best interest of the County; to have general cognizance of all matters relating to preservation and improvement of agriculture and husbandry, propagation of fish and game birds, reforestation projects and care of trees, forest fires, bounties, soil conservation, and extension service; and to meet periodically and maintain liaison with the Board of Directors of the County Extension Association, Soil Conservation District and County Fair.
Duties: to examine the assessment rolls of the towns and cities of the County; to complete totals on assessment rolls; to recommend equalization rates to be set for each town and city; to have general supervision over all matters relating to equalization, taxation and assessment; to meet regularly with the Director of Real Property Tax Services relative to the County's tax maps; to have general supervision of lands that are potential County tax acquisitions; and to recommend to the Board the sale or retention of such lands when it is in the best interest of the County to do so.
Duties: to have general supervision over all County personnel matters; to have charge of safety concerns regarding County personnel and property; to have charge of a County Risk Management Program; to supervise County compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Act; to have jurisdiction over the Saratoga County Self Insurance Plan and to advise and assist the Self Insurance Administrator in the management of the Self Insurance Plan; to oversee and make recommendations regarding the creation, abolishment and reclassification of job descriptions and regarding the functions, staffing and salaries for County departments; and to review and evaluate compensation and performance of County employees who are not members of collective bargaining units, including County officials and department heads.
Duties: to have general supervision over all matters where County funds, rules of the Board or laws are concerned; to review the tentative annual budget for the consideration of the Board; to have jurisdiction over all County liability insurance; to have general supervision over matters pertaining to the offices of County Auditor, Budget Officer, County Treasurer, County Clerk and County Attorney; to supervise negotiations with employees organizations; to coordinate committee programs and to make recommendations relative to office management, equipment and personnel; to have initial jurisdiction over all referred matters not specifically within the jurisdiction of another committee, and to confer with the chair and members of a committee when a matter overlaps or infringes on the functions of such committee.
Duties: to confer with members of other legislative bodies; to urge such bodies to approve or disapprove legislation affecting the County of Saratoga; to attend sessions of other legislative bodies, particularly the State Legislature; to examine all proposed legislation affecting the County or any of its subdivisions; to report to the Board for its approval or disapproval of such legislation; to maintain liaison with Boards of Supervisors of other counties; to promote, chart and improve the scope, efficiency, effectiveness and economy of County government; and to recommend means of improving the coordination of the entire County operation of its various departments with each other.
Duties: to oversee generally all County health programs, including the County Physically Handicapped Children's Program; to consult with the County Community Services Board; and to have general supervision over the operation of Saratoga County Maplewood Manor and to meet regularly with its Administrator and, when necessary, representatives of the State Department of Health.
Duties: to have supervision over County matters pertaining to the courts and law enforcement agencies, including the Sheriff's Department, District Attorney, Supreme, County, Surrogates' and Family Courts, Public Defender, Probation Department, Supreme Court Library, Commissioner of Jurors, civil defense, emergency services communications and operation of the County Animal Shelter.
Duties: to consider all requests and recommendations made by the County Commissioner of Public Works as to order and type of roads to be constructed; programs and projects for road construction, reconstruction or maintenance; snow and ice control; purchase of machinery; and acquisition of rights-of-way for state and county highways; to confer with state highway officials with reference to location of proposed state highways within the County; to provide engineering services to other County departments; and to supervise the County's recycling program and solid waste disposal and the maintenance and operation of the County Landfill.
Duties: to have general supervision over the operations of all agencies and departments now or hereafter involved with social programs, including the Social Services Department, Employment and Training, Office for the Aging and Youth Bureau; to maintain liaison with federal and state agencies in connection with such programs; to recommend any changes in personnel or appropriations required for the efficient operation of said County departments; to hear any member's recommendations to the Board of Supervisors in connection therewith; to explore all federal and/or state social programs applicable to the County, its departments or municipalities; and to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors as to the advisability of County participation and to forward pertinent data thereon to other interested County municipalities.
Duties: to oversee all programs for military veterans throughout the County; to complete the erection of a suitable monument to war veterans at the National Cemetery; to oversee the successful execution of a veterans' recognition night; to consult with federal, state, and local officials on the feasibility of establishing a veterans' museum on a local or statewide basis; and to confer with members of other legislative bodies on appropriate benefits for military veterans.