Posted May 1, 2012

Cooperstown, N.Y. – County Attorney Beatrice Havranek delivered a continuing education presentation to fellow county attorneys on Ulster County’s charter at the annual meeting of The County Attorney’s Association of the State of New York yesterday in Cooperstown, NY. Havranek has served Ulster County government since 1997 and was appointed County Attorney in 2009. The program, “New York’s Newest Charter County”, was the opening session of the annual meeting of The County Attorney’s Association of the State of New York (CAASNY) held in Cooperstown April 30 through May 1 and affords attending attorneys continuing legal education credits in cooperation with the Albany Law School Institute of Legal Studies. The program covered legal and procedural processes for adoption of a Charter form of government as well as implementation and transition issues. “It is an honor to have our County Attorney Beatrice Havranek selected to provide continuing legal education to her peers on our Charter. She has demonstrated leadership and outstanding public service not only as an attorney, but also with more than fifteen years prior service in town government,” County Executive Hein said. The historical, legal and procedural processes of adopting and implementing the Charter were covered as well as matters related to the transition from a legislative to executive form of government. A section was included on preparing for the Charter covering planning for and adoption of the Administrative Code. Topics covered included the separation of powers, the powers of the executive and legislative branches of government, the role of Comptroller, and the role of the County Attorney. In addition, the issue of redistricting and the redistricting lawsuit that ensued were addressed as well as the current process of revisions to the Charter.