Current Legislative Committees

  • Deputy Chairman:
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    There shall be an Audit Committee consisting of seven (7) members: The Chairman of the Legislature or his/her designee will serve on and chair the committee and will appoint two (2) additional members, at least one of whom must be a County Legislator; the minority leader will appoint two (2) members, at least one of whom must be a County Legislator; the County Executive or designee; the Comptroller or designee. The County Executive and the Comptroller shall be non-voting members.  It shall take the affirmative action of three out of the five voting members to act.

    The Audit Committee shall: (1) select the independent auditor to perform the annual audit of the books and records of the County; (2) select the independent auditor in a fashion consistent with the County’s existing procurement policy and the Audit Committee shall consult with the Director of Purchasing in this respect; and (3) report the independent auditor’s findings to the Legislature, County Executive and County Comptroller. 

    In September 2015, Legislative Chairman John Parete appointed Richard Merck, CPA as a member of the Audit Committee.  As a citizen member of the Audit Committee, his attendance is reflected in the minutes. In addition to being reflected in the minutes, attendance of Legislative members is recorded below.  

    There shall be an Audit Committee consisting of seven (7) members: The Chairman of the Legislature or his/her designee will serve on and chair the committee and will appoint two (2) addition

  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    The Legislature may, at any time when in session, except when a motion of precedence has been named, and with the consent of the Minority Leader or Minority Whip or otherwise by vote of 2/3 of the members of the Legislature then in attendance may resolve itself into a Committee of the Whole on any subject.  In such case, the Chairperson of the Legislature shall appoint a Legislator to serve as Chairperson of the Committee of the Whole. A Resolution passed by the Committee of the Whole need not be passed by any other Committee.

    The Legislature may, at any time when in session, except when a motion of precedence has been named, and with the consent of the Minority Leader or Minority Whip or otherwise by vote of 2/3

  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set legislative policy for all aspects of Economic Development, Tourism, and Planning. Responsible for issues pertaining to:  Ulster County Industrial Development Agency, Ulster County Planning Department, Revolving Loan Fund Committee, Shovel Ready Committee, Office of Economic Development, Employment and Training, Public Transportation, Technology and the Department of Information Services.  To foster relations with the County and local Chambers of Commerce.
    To set legislative policy for all aspects of Economic Development, Tourism, and Planning.
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy pertaining to the Department of the Environment, Environmental Management Council, Fish and Wildlife Management Board, Forest Practice Board, and Soil and Water Conservation District, including the protection of water ways and the County’s recycling efforts. To set policy and review contracts pertaining to but not limited to the activities of the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency.
    To set policy pertaining to the Department of the Environment, Environmental Management Council, Fish and Wildlife Management Board, Forest Practice Board, and Soil and Water Conservation
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the Office of Accountability, Compliance and Efficiency, and the Ulster County Comptroller.  To review past enactments including local laws and policies of the Legislature for efficacy, impact on county residents, and the presence or non-presence of enforcement.  To act as a liaison to Town, City and Village governments.  To further be responsible for promoting efficiency and reform in County government by examining and developing alternative guidelines and policies for Ulster County.  

    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the Office of Accountability, Compliance and Efficiency, and the Ulster County Comptroller.

  • Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Ulster County Sheriff and the Law Enforcement Center, Probation, Emergency Communications/Emergency Management, Arson Task Force, Traffic Safety, Fire Coordinator, STOP DWI, District Attorney, Consumer Fraud Bureau, Safety and Public Defender.
    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Ulster County Sheriff and the Law Enforcement Center, Probation, Emergency Communications/Emergency Management, Arson Task Force, Traffic Safety, Fire Coordinator, STOP DWI, District Attorney, Consumer Fraud Bureau, Safety and Public Defender.
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Board of Elections, County Attorney, Weights and Measures, Human Rights, and Insurance. To oversee Legislative policy and revisions the Legislature wants to see implemented in the Ulster County Charter and the Administrative Code. To review and maintain the Rules of the Legislature and to review and approve all local laws for legal sufficiency only, unless Laws and Rules, Governmental Services is the committee of original jurisdiction. To approve all late resolutions, considering lateness and content prior to submittal to the full Legislature. To approve resolutions required to be referred to it under the Rules of the Legislature.
    To set policy and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Board of Elections, County Attorney, Weights and Measures, Human Rights, and Insurance.
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy and review contracts pertaining and related to the following: Arts, Ulster County Community College, Historian, Libraries, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Community Action, Office for the Aging, Youth Bureau, and Veterans Affairs.
    To set policy and review contracts pertaining and related to the following: Arts, Ulster County Community College, Historian, Libraries, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Community Action, Office for the Aging, Youth Bureau, and Veterans Affairs.
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy for and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Health, Mental Health, and Social Services.
    To set policy for and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Health, Mental Health, and Social Services.
  • Chairman:
    Deputy Chairman:
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    To set policy for and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Public Works (including Parks, Highways, and Buildings and Grounds), Transportation and Capital Projects.
    To set policy for and review contracts pertaining to the following County Departments: Public Works (including Parks, Highways, and Buildings and Grounds), Transportation and Capital Projects.
  • Deputy Chairman:
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    The County Legislature is the legislative, appropriating and policy-determining body of the County.  The County of Ulster is divided into 23 Legislative Districts, from each of which one person is elected to be a member of the County Legislature.  Such persons while holding office shall be known as "Legislators".  The term of office of the members of the County Legislature shall be two years beginning on the first day of January next following their election at the general election held in every odd-numbered year.

    The County Legislature is the legislative, appropriating and policy-determining body of the County.

  • Deputy Chairman:
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    To recommend the Legislature’s position on all budgetary and financial matters of the County. To review contracts pertaining to the following departments: County Clerk, Finance, Personnel, Purchasing, and Real Property Tax Services. To approve all resolutions with financial impacts to the County, excluding those financial impacts limited solely to legislative advertising expenses.
    To recommend the Legislature’s position on all budgetary and financial matters of the County.