Voters in Steuben County will be asked during the General Election on November 8th to approve the most dramatic change in their county government in 40 years.
The change, approved by county Legislators in June is designed to bring residents in all districts into equal standing and represent both urban and rural needs.
It maintains legislative representation on the county board with 17 legislators but reduces the number of districts from 13 to 11.
If approved by the voters during the November 8th General Election, the change also will result in an unprecedented legislative general election in 2023, when 13 out of the 17 legislative seats will be up for re-election for new four 4-year terms.
What is the plan?
✓ District 1 (City of Hornell) absorbs the current legislative district of Hornellsville which includes the towns of Dansville, Hornellsville and Hartsville and maintains the current number of legislators assigned to both districts.
— Representation in the new district would be set at three legislators.
✓ District 3 (Town of Bath) adds the Town of Bradford.
— Representation would remain at the current level with two legislators.
✓ District 5 (Town of Urbana, Prattsburgh, Pulteney) adds the Town of Wayne.
— Representation would remain at the current level with one legislator.
✓ District 7 (Town of Erwin) adds the Town of Campbell, and adds one legislator. — Representation would increase to two legislators.
If approved by the voters Nov. 8, the change will be the most significant one since 1984, when voters approved the move from a 34-member Board of Supervisors to the current 17-member county Legislature. More recent changes include a change from county Administrator to county Manager and adopting the county Charter.
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