Cities in New York
New York allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 57 total counties in New York. Of those 57:
Types of local government
Local government in New York consists of:
- Counties: There are 62 counties in New York. Five of these counties fall under the jurisdiction of the City of New York. 38 are governed by general law and 19 have charters.
- Cities: There are 62 cities in New York. All cities have charters.
- Towns: There are 932 towns. No towns have charters, being governed by the Town Law. The area of each county (excluding cities) is divided into towns.
- Village: There are 551 villages. No villages have charters, being governed by the Village Law. Each village exists within a town.
Note: The distinction between villages and cities is not based on population, but organization.
- In addition, there are 1,172 special districts and 679 independent school districts.
Initiative process availability
Suffolk County has an initiative process authorized by a special state law. Also, five counties are under the jurisdiction of New York City. As such residents of these counties enjoy an initiative process at the city level.
10 most populated cities
|List of Most Populated Cities in New York|
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Full list of cities
- See also: List of New York cities
|A guide to local ballot initiatives|
- Local Government Types and Numbers Research Spreadsheet
- New York Local Government Services, "What do Local Governments do?," accessed September 23, 2012
- NY Department of State, Adopting and Amending County Charters, Revised 2009/Reprinted 2011
- NY Department of State, Local Government Handbook, 6th Edition, 2009 (Reprinted 2011), Pg. 67
- The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments
- NY Department of State, Revising City Charters in New York State, 1998 (Reprinted 2011)
- Ballotpedia Research Document, "Types and Numbers of local government by state," September 1, 2012 (created)
- Suffolk County, Administrative Code, Article VII, accessed October 27, 2012
- US Census Bureau "City and Town Totals: Vintage 2011 (Population figures as of 2011 Census estimates)