ELECTION LAW: modernizing voter registration, early in-person voting and no-excuse absentee voting, and better ballot design
HEALTHCARE: improving access, cost containment, equity, and safety in healthcare; supporting the option of medial aid in dying for the terminally ill
CAMPAIGN FINANCE: lowering contribution limits and eliminating LLC loophole
ETHICS: effective and independent monitoring of state ethics
ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: protecting natural resources, public health, and economy from impacts of fossil fuel industry; developing renewable energy to meet emissions goals and slow climate change
HAZARDOUS WASTE: banning import of drilling and other hazardous waste from other states; moving NYS toward a Zero Waste future; banning microbeads from consumer products
ELECTRIC GRID: financing and creation of grid that facilitates distribution of renewable energy
AGRICULTURE: protecting food production and distribution while diverting food waste from landfills, incinerators, and other waste treatment facilities
SOCIAL WELFARE: protecting transgender New Yorkers by supporting the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act
WOMEN'S ISSUES: supporting constitutional right of privacy of individual to make reproductive choices and writing federal Roe v. Wade protections into NYS law; supporting measures to reduce incidence and effects of domestic violence
EDUCATION: opposing geographic shares as basis for allocating state aid and overreliance of education funding on property taxes
JUDICIAL ISSUES: supporting a unified state court system and alternatives to incarceration for appropriate defenders
In 2002, the County Legislature established the position through local law. The Cortland League urges the Legislature to hire an Administrator now. With a $134 million annual budget, our county needs a full-time professional.
Only ten of New York State's 62 counties have no administrator or executive.
We recommend that the Legislature establish a search committee that includes private and public executives who have hired successful senior administrators. An experienced search committee may help ensure that we hire someone with both the managerial qualifications and the people skills to be an effective administrator.
This is a link to the local law on the Cortland County website - http://www.cortland-co.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/1107
This is a link to the job description on the Cortland County website - http://www.cortland-co.org/DocumentCenter/View/797
Here are 3 links to presentations at our 2016 educational forum.
After two Administrators, the Legislature has allowed the position to remain vacant since the last administrator resigned in 2014.
Since then, the part time Chair of the Legislature has acted as Administrator.
Since then, the County has been unable to resolve the challenges of the landfill and recycling center.
Since then, the County has been unable to resolve the challenges of overcrowding at the County jail.
It is past time for a full time professional administrator who can: