The Franklin County Legislature is the governing body of the county, exercising a wide variety of administrative and legislative responsibilities that include establishing County policies, reviewing the administration of government, appropriating funding, levying taxes, reviewing and adopting the annual budget and enacting resolutions and local laws. These responsibilities are defined in the New York State Constitution and the Laws of the State of New York.
The current seven-member structure of the Board of Legislators has been in force since 1970. Previously, the County was governed by a nineteen-member Board of Supervisors and each one represented one of the County's nineteen towns. Today, these 19 towns are divided into seven districts of equal population, which allows each legislator to represent the same number of county residents and in some districts, across multiple municipalities. Every ten years, a reapportionment is developed to establish the seven districts and is based on the U.S. Census.
Every January, the Board of Legislators re-organizes to select a chairman, vice-chairman, majority and minority leaders, and determine committee structures. The chairman, a position of considerable responsibility, appoints the chairman and members of each Standing Committee. He also serves as an ex-officio member on each Committee. The chairman's role is to preside over all meetings of the Legislature and represent the county and Legislature in various capacities.
The County Legislature meets on the first and third Thursday of each month in the Legislative Chambers at the Franklin County Court House. The Call to Order is at 11:30 a.m. Prior to the Call to Order, meetings of the Standing Committees are held. The public is welcome to attend both Regular Meetings and Standing Committee meetings.
Members are Legislators Paul Maroun (Chair), Gordon Crossman and Carl Sherwin. The committee oversees eight departments/issues:
Board of Elections
Negotiations & Grievance
Members are Legislators Barbara Rice (Chair), Paul Maroun and Guy "Tim" Smith. The committee oversees five departments/issues:
Economic Development & Planning
Members are Legislators Gordon Crossman (Chair), Barbara Rice and Carl Sherwin. The committee oversees nine departments/issues:
Industrial Development Agency & Tourism
Planning & Policy Development
Soil & Water
Members are Legislators Carl Sherwin (Chair), Guy "Tim" Smith and Donald Dabiew. The committee oversees eight departments:
Office for the Aging
Members are Legislators Donald Dabiew (Chair), Barbara Rice and Paul Maroun. The committee oversees seven departments:
Public and Conflict Defender
Sheriff & Jail
Public Works & Services
Members are Legislators Tim Smith (Chair), Gordon Crossman and Donald Dabiew. The committee oversees five departments/issues:
Buildings & Grounds
Weights & Measures
Library & Museum
Chairman D. Billy Jones District 2 ()
Vice-Chairman Gordon Crossman District 3 ()
Majority Leader Guy "Tim" Smith District 1 ()
Minority Leader Paul Maroun District 6 ()
Legislator Carl Sherwin District 4 ()
Legislator Donald Dabiew District 5 ()
Phone: 358-0049 (H) 521-7261 (Cell)
Legislator Barbara Rice District 7 ()
Phone: 637-7912 (Cell)