Rensselaer County Legislature
Martin T. Reid
Message from the Chairman....
The procedure to adopt the 2015 Rensselaer County Budget is currently underway. Public Hearings regarding the budget will be held on November 13th and the second and final public hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 24, 2014 both at 5:30 P.M. in Legislative Chambers. I would encourage each and every one of you to attend the hearings and partake in this process. Please also join us as at a Special Meeting on December 1, 2014, at 6:00 P.M. in Legislative Chambers at which time the Legislature is expected to adopt the budget.
Wishing you a safe holiday season,
Martin T. Reid
RENSSELAER COUNTY LEGISLATURE
Established in 1970, the Legislature replaced the Board of Supervisors as the legislative unit of the county, following the reorganization of the city wards and towns into five legislative districts. In 1972, Rensselaer County voters approved by referendum, a proposed county charter which restructured county government based on the separation of executive and legislative functions and redefined the powers and duties of the Legislature.
The Legislature is the policy making body of Rensselaer County. As outlined in the Rensselaer County Charter, the powers and duties of the Legislature include primary responsibility for the finances of the county. The Legislature adopts the annual county budget, levies taxes and makes fiscal appropriations. The Legislature is also empowered to establish and oversee county services and programs through the enactment of local laws and resolutions and the appointment of county officials.
The Rensselaer County Legislature is composed of 19 members who represent more than 156,000 county residents. Legislators are elected at a general election on odd numbered years for a four-year term, and represent six legislative districts.
Officers of the