DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This position is established and governed by the Constitution of the State of New York (Article II, Section 8) and by Election Law, which mandates that the County Board of Elections shall consist of a minimum of two commissioners, one from each of the major political parties, who serve for a term of two years. Commissioners must be recommended for appointment by their party organizations. The incumbent of this position directs the Putnam County Board of Elections and administers, interprets and enforces New York State Election Law and related federal and state laws pertaining to the registration of voters and the designation, nomination and election of all party and public office officials of the County. Responsibilities also include the conduct of elections involving state and national candidates in accordance with law and judicial decisions. Supervision is exercised over a number of employees which comprise the Board of Elections. Performs related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)
Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.
DESIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of New York State Election Law and related federal and state laws pertaining to election of officials and the election process; thorough knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the conduct of elections; good knowledge of public administration; ability to organize and direct the work of others; ability to work effectively with public officials, professional organizations and civic groups and the general public; ability to write and speak effectively; initiative; resourcefulness; good judgment; tact.
Section 3-300 of the Election Law requires that the appointees be a member of the political party they are representing and nominated by the political party to the position.
PLEASE NOTE: The County Committee of the two major parties, through their chairman, recommend to the County Legislature a candidate to be appointed as a Commissioner of Elections.
SPECIAL NOTE: Pursuant to New York Election Law §3-204(5) in the event of a vacancy for any reason other than expiration of term of office, the vacancy shall be filled in accordance with the requirements of a regular appointment, however, the person who fills a vacancy shall hold office for the remainder of the term of the commissioner in whose place they are serving.
7/97; 11/13; 3/22