Legislature recognizes ‘Officer of the Year’

Apr 18, 2024 at 01:27 pm by Observer-Review

Deputy Sheriff Alyssah Newell
BY Samantha Lape-Kesel
YATES COUNTY--At the recent meeting of the Yates County Legislature held Tuesday, April 9, several significant resolutions were passed, addressing community initiatives impacting various aspects of county operations. Among these resolutions were ones focused on public safety, youth programs, and county elections.
Deputy Sheriff Alyssah Newell was recognized as the 2023 Officer of the Year. Newell was  praised for professionalism, commitment to duty, and contributions to the community’s safety.
Amendments to the county employee handbook were approved, and new rules of procedure were adopted and established under Section 153 of the New York State County Law, allowing the legislature to determine its proceedings. Notably, the rules specify the process for holding executive sessions, conducting audits, forming standing committees, making appointments, and outlining the order of business for each legislature meeting.
In addition, two emergency services dispatcher positions and a principal social services program examiner position were filled. Moreover, the director of public health has been empowered to fill a full-time position for a registered professional nurse or public health nurse.
A public hearing was scheduled for May 13, at 1:00 p.m. in the Yates County Legislative Chambers, regarding proposed Local Law No. 3-2024. This law aims to transition and move the elections of Yates County Legislators to even-numbered years by amending Local Law No. 5 of 2020. The legislative intent is to align with New York state legislation requiring certain elections be held on even-numbered years, effective Jan. 1, 2025. The proposed amendments outline changes in terms and election cycles for legislators from districts 1, 2, 3, and 4. If approved, this local law will take effect immediately upon filing with the secretary of state.
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