Our Elected Officials


Did you ever wonder what our elected officials
are responsible for?

Or what their primary duties are?

They are all laid out in the documents linked in "The Laws of the Land" on this page.

For a quick overview, please select an office
from the list below.



The Governor of the State of New York:

  • Is commander-in-chief of the state's military and naval forces.
  • Is able to call a special session of the State Senate or State Assembly.
  • Ensures that the laws of New York State be faithfully executed.
  • Approves or vetoes bills which have passed the State Senate and State Assembly.

The Attorney General of New York:

  • is the head of the state Department of Law.
  • is the chief legal counsel to the state government.
  • serves as the guardian of the legal rights of the citizens of New York.

The Comptroller of New York:

  • Administers the NYS and Local Retirement System.
  • Acts as sole trustee of the $160.7 billion Common Retirement Fund.
  • Maintains the State's accounting system and $15 billion payroll.
  • Manages and reports on the State's finances and assets.
  • Is responsible for ensuring that the taxpayers' money is being used to promote the common good.

A Justice of the Supreme Court of New York:

  • Hears civil matters seeking monetary damages over $25,000.
  • Hears cases in which an enjoinder or stop action order is sought.
  • Hears cases related to termination of marriages, including instances of separation, annulment, and divorce.

A State Senator of New York:

  • Represents the interests of the people who live in his or her elective district.
  • Introduces and votes upon bills based upon the interests of his or her constituents in the State Senate.
  • Serves on various committees to improve conditions for specific causes statewide.

A Member of the Assembly of New York:

  • Represents the interests of the people who live in his or her elective district.
  • Introduces and votes upon bills based upon the interests of his or her constituents in the State Assembly.
  • Serves on various committees to improve conditions for specific causes statewide.

The County Executive:

  • Is the administrative head of the county government.
  • Has supervision, direction, and control over governmental functions of all administrative units of the county.
  • Works with the County Legislature to govern the affairs of the county.

A County Surrogate Judge:

  • hears cases involving the affairs of deceased persons, including the probate of wills and the administration of estates.
  • hears cases relating to the guardianship of the person and/or property of minors, mentally retarded, and developmentally disabled persons.
  • is, in conjunction with the State Supreme Court, involved with the jurisdiction of conservatorships.
  • is, in conjunction with Family Court, involved with the jurisdiction of adoption proceedings.

The County Sheriff:

  • is the top law enforcement agent for the county.
  • is responsible for managing the Broome County Correctional Facility.
  • handles summonses, income and property executions, evictions, and subpoenas.

A County Legislator (as a member of the Legislature as a body):

  • enacts, amends, and rescinds local laws and legalizing acts, ordinances, or resolutions.
  • adopts, amends, or repeals the County's Administrative Code - defining the scope of County Administration.
  • makes appropriations, levies taxes, incurs indebtedness, and adopts a budget.
For further information about our County Government, please visit the Broome County Charter by clicking the button above.

A County Legislator (as a member of the Legislature as a body):

  • enacts, amends, and rescinds local laws and legalizing acts, ordinances, or resolutions.
  • adopts, amends, or repeals the County's Administrative Code - defining the scope of County Administration.
  • makes appropriations, levies taxes, incurs indebtedness, and adopts a budget.
For further information about our County Government, please visit the Broome County Charter by clicking the button above.