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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.   When is the next monthly meeting of the County Legislature?

The scheduled meeting dates for the County Legislature can be found one the County Government Consolidated Calender.

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Q.   What is the role of the Sheriff?

The postion, election, term and qualifications of the Sheriff are described in the Dutchess County Charter as follows:

"There shall be a Sheriff, who shall be elected from the County at large in accordance with applicable State Law beginning with the first day of January next following his election.  At the time of his nomination and election, and throughout his term of office, the Sheriff shall be and remain a qualified elector of the County."

Further, the Dutchess County Charter describes the position and duties of the Sheriff as follows:

"The Sheriff shall be the chief law enforcement officer for, and have jurisdiction throughout, the County.  Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter, he shall have all the powers and perform all the duties, both criminal and civil, conferred or imposed by law upon sheriffs, and perform such other and related duties required by the County Executive or County Legislature."

 

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Q.   What is the role of the County Comptroller?

The Comptroller is the chief accounting and auditing officer of the County and is elected from the County at large for a term of four years beginning with the first day of the January following his/her election.  As detailed in the Dutchess County Charter, the powers and duties of the Comptroller include the following: 
 
 "(a) maintain records of appropriations, encumbrances and expenditures, and prescribe approved methods of accounting for all units of County government, unless otherwise required by the State Comptroller;
 
 (b) certify the availability of funds for all requisitions, contracts, purchase orders and other documents by which the County incurs financial obligations or for the expenditure of funds for which the County is responsible;
 
 (c) prescribe the form of receipts, vouchers, bills, and claims, unless otherwise required by the State Comptroller;
 
 (d) audit and certify for payment all lawful claims or charges against the County, whether for payroll or otherwise, or against funds for which the County is responsible in whole or in part;
 
 (e) audit the financial records and accounts of all units of County government charged with any duty relating to funds of the County or for which the County is responsible;
 
 (f) submit reports to the County Executive or County Legislature in such form and detail and at such times as either may require; and
 
 (g) have all the powers and perform all the duties conferred or imposed by law upon a county comptroller, and perform such other related duties required by the County Executive or County Legislature."

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Q.   How do I become a candidate for an elective office?

To access information on becoming a candidate, please visit the Dutchess County Board of Election's website.

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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.   How can I contact my elected officials?

Click Here to access contact information for your elected officials.

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Q.   What is the role of the County Clerk?

The County Clerk is elected from the County at large in accordance with applicable State law beginning with the first day of January following his/her election for a term of four years.  At the time of his/her nomination and election, and throughout his/her term of office, the County Clerk is a qualified elector of the County.  The Dutchess County Charter describes the powers and duties of the County Clerk as follows:

 “The County Clerk shall be the official registrar of the County.  Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter, he shall have all the powers and perform all the duties conferred or imposed by law upon county clerks, and perform such other and related duties required by the County Executive or County Legislature.

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Q.   Who are the elected officials serving Dutchess County residents?

Dutchess County’s “Elected Officials” webpages provide information on elected officials from the local all the way up to Federal arena.  Click Here to access these webpages.

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Q.   What is the role of the District Attorney?

The District Attorney prosecutes or otherwise disposes of all crimes committed in the County of Dutchess, including state institutions and correctional facilities, on behalf of the People of the State of New York.

The postion, election, term and qualifications of the District Attorney are described in the Dutchess County Charter as follows:

 "There shall be a District Attorney, who shall be elected from the County at large in accordance with applicable State Law beginning with the first day of January next following his election.  At the time of his nomination and election, and throughout his term of office, the District Attorney shall be and remain a qualified elector of the County and shall be and remain duly licensed and entitled to practice law in the State of New York."

"...Except as may otherwise be provided in this Charter, the District Attorney shall have all the powers and perform all the duties conferred or imposed by law upon district attorneys, and perform such other and related non-conflicting duties required by the County Executive or County Legislature."

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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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