In New York State, all cities and 19 counties have organized their government under a charter. Charters are locally drafted and approved and:
Cities are chartered by the state legislature; while counties may adopt a charter pursuant to the County Charter Law.
Charter revision can result in improved city and county government organization and operations. Reconsideration of governmental structure may result in elimination of costly unproductive positions.
Communities considering consolidation may be eligible for a Local Government Efficiency grant to assist with studying the feasibility of consolidation or to assist with the consolidation itself.
Resources & Publications
The Department of State has prepared a number of resources to help communities municipal charters.
Adopting and Amending County Charters » (PDF, 22 pgs)
Revising City Charters » (PDF, 21 pgs)
Adopting Local Laws » (PDF, 27 pgs)
Studies & Reports
Through the Local Government Efficiency Grant program, communities have studied charter issues.
NOTE: These studies are specific to the community and results may not necessarily apply to other communities.