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Voters OK charter in Montgomery County

November 7, 2012
By ARTHUR CLEVELAND , The Leader Herald

FONDA - Montgomery County voters approved a new charter Tuesday that will change the county's form of government.

The charter calls for a county legislature and an elected county executive.

To pass, the referendum needed a majority vote in the city of Amsterdam and a cumulative majority of the 10 towns.

As it stood with the unofficial results this morning, the charter had a majority of the votes, with 7,964 votes approving the charter and 4,984 votes against it.

Later in the morning, the county Board of Elections said the charter proposal received the necessary majority votes to pass.

In the city, voters approved the proposal in a vote of 2,665 to 1,339, according to unofficial results.

In the towns, voters approved the measure 5,299 to 3,645.

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Glen Supervisor Lawrence Coddington said this morning he'd be pleased with the passage of the charter.

"They put it in the voters' hands and they gave their opinion," he said.

The charter replaces the current system of a Board of Supervisors with nine district legislators, who will be elected for three-year terms.

A limit of four consecutive terms will be placed on each legislator.

An elected county executive position also will be created.

The county executive will be elected for a four-year term, with a maximum term limit of three consecutive full terms.

The executive post will be a full-time position, with a rule in place saying the executive will hold no other elected public or elected political office during his term.

The executive's powers and duties will include responsibilities such as executing and enforcing all laws and resolutions of the legislature, and exercising supervision and control over all administrative departments, offices and agencies of the county government.

The executive will have the ability to approve and veto any votes by the legislature.

The executive also will have the ability to appoint officials for all county departments not administered by elected officials.



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