9/18/2009 9:20:37 AM


Newly installed NYSAC President-Elect Chairman Bill Ryan and NYSAC President Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli



(Saratoga Springs, NY) ~ Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairman William J. Ryan (D, WFP-White Plains) was installed as 2009-2010 President-elect of the New York State Association of Counties during NYSAC’s Annual Conference, held this week, in Saratoga Springs.  A former NYSAC board director-at-large, Ryan was first elected to NYSAC’s executive committee in 2007.  Ryan is slated to serve as NYSAC President from 2010 through 2011.  “It’s an honor to serve in this capacity,” said Chairman Ryan.  “NYS needs to recognize that its partnership with counties is critical to ensuring service delivery to our residents.  I am eager to work with my colleagues in leadership to help county officials across New York State by finding new ways to operate efficiently and economically.” 


Ryan, a Democrat and a former member of the New York State Assembly, is the longest serving Chairman in the 40-year history of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. First elected Chairman in 2004, he is now in his sixth year as the legislature’s presiding officer. He is in his twelfth year as an elected member of the Board.  Under Bill Ryan’s leadership, the Board has approved measures to keep Westchester’s 1 million residents safe and secure; to protect water and air quality; to uphold our rights as consumers; to re-develop our downtowns and strengthen our economy; to create affordable housing for our workforce and seniors; and to make government more efficient, economical, transparent and accessible to the people. 


“At this time, when governments at all levels are faced with unprecedented fiscal challenges, we are pleased to have a dedicated leadership team that includes our new president-elect William Ryan of Westchester County.  Bill brings a unique combination of county and state legislative experience that will be invaluable to the statewide association as it continues its advocacy efforts to protect property taxpayers from financing more state and federal programs at the local level,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. 


NYSAC is a bi-partisan municipal association that represents, educates and advocates for all 62 member counties and the thousands of elected and appointed county officials who serve the public. The Association represents New York counties before Federal, State and Local officials on matters germane to county governments and informs its membership and the public at large on issues of importance to county governments.