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Yates County to hold public hearing on moving local elections to even-numbered years

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The Yates County Legislature has scheduled a public hearing for May 13, focusing on a proposal to align local election timing with state and federal elections in even-numbered years.

This move, prompted by a law signed by Governor Kathy Hochul in December, aims to streamline election processes, save costs, and potentially boost local election turnout.

Governor Hochul’s legislation has sparked a mixture of support and legal challenges from various counties, citing concerns over voter fatigue and potential conflicts with local governance structures.


Several counties, including Onondaga, Nassau, Dutchess, and Oneida, have expressed opposition to the new law, arguing it infringes on home rule and contradicts existing county charters.

Despite these disputes, Yates County moves forward with its public deliberation, setting the stage for a broader discussion on the impact of election scheduling on local governance.

The hearing, slated for 1 p.m. at the Legislative Chambers in Penn Yan, offers Yates County residents an opportunity to engage with legislators on the proposed election changes.