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Administration and Legislation
Q.   What is my Legislative District?

To find your Legislative District, use the Address Info-Finder ... just enter your address in the appropriate boxes then click on the Report icon to show legislative and other important information pertaining to your address.

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Q.   Who is my County Legislator?

Using the GIS Address Info-Finder application you can find your Legislative District as well as your County Legislator. Enter your address in the appropriate boxes then click on the Report icon to show legislative as well as other important information pertaining to your address including election district, school district and emergency service information.

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Q.   What is the term of the County Executive?

The term of the County Executive is four years.  Elections for this position are held in odd numbered years; the term begins the first day of the next January following the election.  

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Q.   What is the role of the County Executive?

The Dutchess County Charter describes the position, election, term, qualifications, and compensation of the County Executive as follows:

There shall be a County Executive, who shall be elected in an odd numbered year from the County at large for a term of four years beginning with the first day of January next following his election.  He shall be directly responsible to all the people of the County.  At the time of his nomination and election, and throughout his term of office, he shall be and remain a qualified elector of the County.  He shall receive such compensation as shall be fixed by the County Legislature, but in no event shall his compensation be diminished during a term for which he shall have been elected.

The powers and duties of the County Executive are detailed below, as put forth in the Dutchess County Charter:

The County Executive shall be the chief executive officer of the County.  Except as may otherwise be provided herein, he shall have and exercise all the executive powers and duties now or hereafter conferred or imposed by law or this Charter upon a county executive officer or the executive branch of a county, and all powers and duties necessarily implied or incidental thereto.

 Among such powers and duties, but not by way of limitation, he shall:

      (a)  appoint, except as otherwise provided in this Charter, all department heads and appointive executive officers of the County government, subject to confirmation by the County Legislature;

      (b)  supervise, direct and control the administration of all departments;

      (c)  appoint such assistants, officers and employees of his office as may be authorized by the County Legislature;

      (d)  supervise and direct the internal structure and organization of every unit of the executive branch of the County government, including, except as otherwise provided in this Charter or applicable law, the appointment and dismissal of employees;

      (e)  appoint, supervise and terminate, subject to the provisions of section 3.03 of this Charter and except as otherwise herein provided, all executive committees, commissions and boards, of which he shall be an ex officio member, to assist him in the exercise of his executive functions and in the planning, formulation and administration of executive policies and programs;

      (f)  be the chief budgetary officer of the County;

      (g)  designate one or more official depositories within the County for the deposit and withdrawal of County funds;

      (h)  approve or disapprove the sufficiency of sureties on official bonds and undertakings;

      (i)  approve or disapprove in writing every proposed local law; ordinance; legalizing act; or resolution, except those provided in section 2.02 (d) herein, provided that if the County Executive shall fail to return such legislation to the Clerk of the County Legislature, with reasons in writing, within ten (10) days after submission to the County Executive, or thirty (30) days in the case of a local law, such legislation shall be deemed approved and duly enacted;

      (j)  appoint a member of the County Legislature to serve as its Chairman for the balance of the calendar year should the County Legislature fail to select a Chairman from among its members within thirty (30) days after that office shall become vacant for any reason;

      (k)  determine and fix real property equalization rates for each of the County tax districts for County purposes, and file copies of such rates in writing with the Clerk of the County Legislature and State Board of Equalization and Assessment on or before the first day of October of each year;

      (l)  file with the County Legislature annually on or before the first day of February of each year a written report of the finances of the County and the activities of the executive branch of the County government in such detail and in such manner as he may deem appropriate or as the County Legislature may by resolution specify, and make other reports at such times and in such manner as the County Legislature may by resolution require;

      (m)  possess all powers and duties with respect to weights and measures;

      (n)  make purchases and sales of all materials, supplies and equipment, and contract for the rental and servicing of equipment for the County, subject to the provisions of the General Municipal Law;

      (o)  make, sign and implement all contracts on behalf of the County within authorized appropriations; and

      (p)  supervise the operations of the County's data processing and machine tabulating equipment.

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