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New Local Law on Residency for Certain Positions

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Legislature, following a public hearing, adopted a new Local Law that creates a new chapter of the County Code, revising residency requirements for the positions of Corrections Officer and Assistant District Attorney, intended to assure an adequate pool of qualified applicants and to retain such applicants if hired. The law exempts the positions from the requirement of New York State Public Officers Law the positions be restricted to residents of the County and permits such positions to be held by residents of any county in New York State.

The vote was 12-2, with Legislators Dooley Kiefer and Leslyn McBean-Clairborne voting no. Legislator Kiefer had unsuccessfully proposed that such positions be open to residents of any contiguous county or any county contiguous to those counties. Legislator Kiefer said she finds the provision for hiring statewide “excessive”.