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 elect 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), Paul Lauzon and Greg Janisewski. The committee oversees eight departments/issues:
Board of Elections
Negotiations & Grievance
Members are Legislators Lindy Ellis (Chair), Carl Sherwin and Paul Maroun. The committee oversees five departments/issues:
Members are Legislators Carl Sherwin (Chair), Andrea Dumas and Lindy Ellis. The committee oversees seven departments/issues:
Industrial Development Agency & Tourism
Planning & Policy Development
Soil & Water
Members are Legislators Andrea Dumas (Chair), Carl Sherwin and Paul Maroun. The committee oversees six departments:
Office for the Aging
Members are Legislators Greg Janisewski (Chair), Andrea Dumas and Paul Lauzon. The committee oversees eight departments:
Public, Conflict and Alternative Conflict Defender
Sheriff & Jail
Public Works & Services
Members are Legislators Paul Lauzon (Chair), Lindy Ellis and Greg Janisewski. The committee oversees seven departments/issues:
Buildings & Grounds
Weights & Measures
Library & Museum
Chairman Donald Dabiew District 5 ()
Phone: 358-0049 (H) 521-7261 (Cell)
Vice-Chair Carl Sherwin District 4 ()
Majority Leader Greg Janisewski District 2 ()
Minority Leader Paul Maroun District 6 ()
Paul Lauzon District 1 ()
Andrea Dumas District 3 ()
Lindy Ellis District 7 ()