Town Supervisor job description

Town Supervisor job description

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Ticonderoga, NY

#1 Sep 28, 2013
See NYS Town Law Article 3,ß29

"The Town Law does not provide for a separate executive branch of town government. Because the supervisor occupies the leaderís position on the town board, and because town residents often turn to the supervisor with their problems, many people think the supervisorís position is the executive position of town government. But the supervisor is part of the legislative
branch and acts as a member and presiding officer of the
town board. He or she acts as a full member of the board,
voting on all questions and having no additional tie-breaking or veto power.

The supervisor is more of an administrator than an executive. The supervisorís duties under law are to: act as treasurer and have care and custody of monies belonging to the town; disburse monies; keep an accurate and complete account of all monies; make reports as required; pay fixed salaries and other claims; and lease, sell, and convey properties of the town, when so directed by the
town board.

The basic source of the supervisorís power lies in the
positionís traditional political leadership and the holderís
ability to use this leadership. Familiarity with day-to-day
problems of the town often enables the supervisor to influence the policy decisions of the town board."

Source: NYS Dept. of State Local Government Handbook, page 62

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