This Code may be amended by local law in the manner provided in the Municipal Home Rule Law of New York State.
It is the intent of the County Legislature by this local law to provide an Administrative Code for the governing of the County of Dutchess supplemental to the provisions of the County Charter, and to provide herein an enumeration of specific powers, but such enumeration shall not operate to exclude or restrict other powers comprehended by a general grant of power.
Every provision of the general laws of the State of New York, applicable to the County of Dutchess, shall prevail where no similar or comparable provision is made or can fairly be inferred from this Code or the County Charter; but where inconsistent or conflicting with any provisions of this Code or the County Charter, shall be deemed superseded to the extent of such inconsistency or conflict.
No action, suit or proceeding commenced before the effective date of this Code shall be affected by the adoption hereof or by any of the provisions herein contained, but shall be continued as if this Code had not taken effect.
All courts shall take judicial notice of all laws contained in this Code and of all local laws, acts, resolutions, rules, regulations and ordinances adopted pursuant to the County Charter or this Code.
If any word, phrase, clause, sentence, paragraph, section or part of this Code shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder or any other part or portion of this Code, but shall be confined in its operation to such portion, section, sections or parts thereof directly involved in the controversy in which such judgment shall have been rendered.
This Code shall be construed liberally to effect the objects and purpose hereof.
This Code shall take effect January 1, 1968.