Local Laws
Since colonial times, citizens of New York State have looked to local governments for basic services.  Even now, citizens continue to rely on cities, counties, towns and villages for a great many of their needs.

The enactment of Article IX of the State Constitution, the Municipal Home Rule Law and the Statute of Local Governments have provided local governments the means to meet the challenges of our times.  Through the adoption of local laws, cities, counties, towns and villages may implement the policies as mandated by the demands of the people and the times.

The power to enact local laws is granted by the State Constitution.  The scope of this power and the procedures for implementing it are set out in the Municipal Home Rule Law.  A local law has the same status as an act of the State Legislature.  Accordingly, it is important that the legal procedures for the adoption of local laws be closely observed.

Local Laws Spreadsheet

Summary of Local Laws

  • 2021-1-Increasing the salaries of various employees of the County of Orleans appointed or elected for a definite term.
  • 2020-3-A Local Law Overriding the Tax Levy Limit for Orleans County for 2021 and authorizing the adoption by Orleans County of a Budget for 2021 that May require a Tax Levy that is greater than the tax levy limit for the 2021
    Fiscal Year.
  • 2020-2-Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a hotel and motel room occupancy tax in the County of Orleans with respect to the expiration date thereof
  • 2020 -1 – Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2019-2 – Creating Department of Public Works and the Position of County Superintendent of Public Works, and Dissolving the Orleans County Highway and Buildings and Grounds Department
  • 2019-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2018-3 Declaring the Opioid Epidemic and its effects on the County of Orleans a Public Nuisance, and Establishing a Cost Recovery Procedure for the County’s Expenditures Incurred in Providing Services Related to the Opioid Epidemic
  • 2018-2 Enacting a Real Property Tax Exemption for Historic Property for the Village of Lyndonville
  • 2018-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2017-6 Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2008 to Continue to Provide a Real Property Tax Exemptionto Cold War Veterans Without Regard to the Ten-Year Limitation
  • 2017-5 Intro – Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2007 to Revise Income Eligibility Levels
  • 2017-4 Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans with Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2017-3 Dog Control Law of the County of Orleans
  • 2017-2 Repealing Local Law No. 2 of the Year 2007 and Imposing the Wireless Communications Surcharges pursuant to the Authority of Tax Law 186-g.
  • 2017-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2016-2 Amending Local Law No. 2 of 1988 and Establishing the Salaries of Elected County Coroners
  • 2016-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2015-4 Amending Local Law No. 2 of 1956 as Amended by Local Law No. 1 of 1974
  • 2015-3 Amending Local Law Number 4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans with Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2015-2 Regulating the Transfer of Secondhand Articles
  • 2015-1 Increasing the Salaries of the Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected For a Definite Term
  • 2014-4 Amending Local Law No. 3 of 2007 and Increasing the Maximum Income Eligibility Level for the Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Under Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law
  • 2014-3 Repealing Local Law No. 4 of 2011 Authorizing Separate Listings on Each Property Tax Statement Setting Forth the Amounts Attributable to New York State Imposed Mandates, The County Nursing Home and General County Services
  • 2014-2 Authorizing the Use of Best Value for Awarding Purchase Contracts
  • 2014-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term 
  • 2013-5 Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans with Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2013-4 To Override the Tax Levy Limit Established by General Municipal Law 3-c for fiscal year 2014
  • 2013-3 Requiring Prisoners of County Jail Who Require Medical or Dental Services to Pay for Such Services of Insured Under a Health Insurance Policy
  • 2013-2 Permitting Members of the Community Service Board and its Sub-Committees to Serve for More than Two Terms Consecutively
  • 2013-1 Inceasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2012-2 To Overide the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law 3-c for Fiscal Year 2013
  • 2012-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2011-6 Amending Local Law No. 4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans With Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2011-5 A To Overide the Tax Levy Limit Established in General Municipal Law 3-c for Fiscal Year 2012
  • 2011-4 Authorizing Separate Listings On Each Real Property Tax Statement Setting Forth The Amounts Attributable To New York State Imposed Mandates, The County Nursing Home and General County Services
  • 2011-3 Amending Section 3 C. of Local Law No. 2 of the Year 1982 to Reapportion Legislative Districts
  • 2011-2 Change the Number of Coroners for the County of Orleans
  • 2011-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2010-3 Authorizing County Relevy and Reimbursement for Local Remediation Expenses
  • 2010-2 To Establish a Boat Launch Fee at the Oak Orchard State Boat Launch
  • 2010-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2009-2-Intro Amending Local Law #4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans with Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2009-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2008-7 Enhanced Personal Privacy Protection for Recorded Documents Law and Authorizing an Increase of Fees Collected by the County Clerk
  • 2008-6 Enacting a Real Property Tax Exemption for Historic Property
  • 2008-5 Enacting a Real Property Tax Exemption for Capital Improvements to Residential Buildings
  • 2008-4 Enacting a Real Property Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans
  • 2008-3 Providing for a County Board of Ethics
  • 2008-3 Establishment of the Orleans County Ethics Board
  • 2008-2 Providing for Cash Payments in Lieu of Health Insurance
  • 2008-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2007-4 Providing a Partial Exemption from Real Property Taxes to Persons with Disabilities and Limited Incomes Under sec. 459-c of the Real Property Law
  • 2007-3 Amending Local Law No. 3 of the Year 2004 Increasing Senior Citizens Tax Exemption
  • 2007-2 Imposing a Surcharge Upon Wireless Communication Devices – REPEALED – See Local Law No. 2 of 2017
  • 2007-1-Intro Increase the Terms of Orleans County Legislators from Two (2) Years to Four (4) Years and to Provide for Staggered Terms
  • 2007-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2006-5 Amending Local Law #4 of the Year 2003 Imposing a Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax in the County of Orleans with Respect to the Expiration Date Thereof
  • 2006-4 Authorizing the County of Orleans to Make Application for Re-designation of Certain Areas in Area 2 of the County of Orleans as an Empire Zone
  • 2006-3 Extending the Term of Office of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Legislature
  • 2006-2 Enabling the County of Orleans to Designate Western New York Energy as a Regionally Significant Project
  • 2006-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2005-2 Authorizing Application for Re-designation of Certain Areas within the County of Orleans as an Empire Zone
  • 2005-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2004-3 Increasing the Maximum Income Eligibility Level for the Senior Citizen Tax Exemption Under Section 467 of the Real Property Tax Law
  • 2004-2 Amending Local Law No. 1 of 2003 Regarding Revisions of Boundaries of an Empire Zone
  • 2004-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2003-5 Establish a Motor Vehicle Tax
  • 2003-4 Authorize the Imposition of an Orleans County Hotel and Motel Room Occupancy Tax
  • 2003-3 Superseding Section 214 (2) of the County Law to Authorize Abstract Publication of Local Law
  • 2003-2 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2003-1 Authorize the Submission of a Request to Revise the Boundaries of an Empire Zone
  • 2002-2 Authorizing Application for Designation of an Empire Zone within Orleans County
  • 2002-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2001-2 Providing for the Mandatory Routing of All Wireless 911 Calls
  • 2001-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 2000-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1999-2 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 70, Laws of 1999 for the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1999-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term 
  • 1998-2 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 47, Laws of 1998 for the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1998-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1997-5 Extend the Redemption Period for Residential and Farm Properties Pursuant to Section 1111 of the Real Property Tax Law
  • 1997-4 Providing for the Collection of Certain Delinquent Village Taxes by the County of Orleans
  • 1997-3 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 41, Laws of 1997 for the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1997-2 Amending Local Law No. 2 of 1956 Which Enumerated Rules and Regulations for the Administration of the Orleans County Self-Insurance Plan
  • 1997-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1996-3 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 30, Laws of 1996 for the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1996-2 Designating the Office of Orleans County District Attorney as a Full-Time Position and Establishing the Compensation for a Full-Time Orleans County District Attorney
  • 1996-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1995-3 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 12, Law of 1995 for the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1995-2 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected For a Definite Term
  • 1995-1 Establishment of the County of Orleans “Adopt-A-Highway Program” to Assist in the Reduction and Removal of Litter From Areas Adjacent To and Surrounding County Roads
  • 1994-5 Increasing the Redemption Period for All Property with Regard to Taxes Becoming Liens During 1995 and 1996 in the Matter of the Enforcement of Collection of Delinquent Real Property Taxes Pursuant to Article 11 of the Real Property Tax Law
  • 1994-4 Amending Local Law No. 2 of 1956 Which Enumerated Rules and Regulations For the Administration of the Orleans County Self-Insurance Plan
  • 1994-3 Repealing Local Law No. 2 of 1979 Governing Medical Examinations of Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1994-2 Increasing the Salary of the Orleans County District Attorney
  • 1994-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected For a Definite Term
  • 1993-4 Amending Local Law No. 3 of the Year 1993 (RE:Surrender of Weapons)
  • 1993-3 Banning Possession of Firearms and Other Dangerous Weapons in Orleans County Buildings
  • 1993-2 Amending Local Law No. 3 of 1991 – Establishing Recycling Materials
  • 1993-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected For a Definite Term
  • 1992-6 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized By Chapter 643 Laws of 1992 For the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1992-5 Requiring Individuals Currently Serving or Who Shall be Sentenced to a Period of Probation Upon Conviction of Any Crime Under Article 31 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, to Pay to the Orleans County Probation Department an Administrative Fee
  • 1992-4 Authorizing the Orleans County Probation Department, When Ordered, to Conduct an Investigation Under the Family Court Act, to be Entitled to a Fee of Not Less Than $50 and Not More Than $500 From the Parties in Such Proceeding
  • 1992-3 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected For a Definite Term
  • 1992-2 Bringing Within the Civil Service of the State of New York all Employees of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office Exempt By Reason of the Authority of Flaherty v. Milliken 193 N.Y. 564
  • 1992-1 Establishing Residency Requirements For Social Service Applicants Who Enter Into the County of Orleans, State of New York From Some Other State, Territory, Dominion, or Country
  • 1991-5 Electing a Retirement Incentive Program as Authorized by Chapter 178 Laws of 1991 For the Eligible Employees of the County of Orleans
  • 1991-4 Establishing Charges for Solid Waste Collection
  • 1991-3 Establishing Mandatory Recycling
  • 1991-2 Solid Waste Disposal and Sanitary Landfill Law of the County of Orleans
  • 1991-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1990-2 Establishing an E-911 Surcharge in Orleans County, New York
  • 1990-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1989-2 Speed Limits on County Property
  • 1989-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1988-3 To Administer and Enforce the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code in Orleans County
  • 1988-2 Increasing the Salary of County Coroners
  • 1988-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1987-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1986-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1985-4 Establishing an Orleans County Nursing Home Department
  • 1985-3 To Adopt a Retirement Incentive Program
  • 1985-2 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1985-1 Providing for Veterans Exemptions From Real Property Taxes
  • 1984-3 Regarding the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code
  • 1984-2 Amending Local Law No. 2 of 1956 Which Enumerated Rules and Regulations for the Administration of the Orleans County Self-Insurance Program
  • 1984-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1983-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1982-2 Providing for Continuation of 7 Member Legislature with Residency Requirements
  • 1982-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1981-2 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1981-1 Concerning the Eligibility of Certain Elected Officials to Hold the Position of County Legislator
  • 1980-4 To Change the Term of Orleans County Treasurer to Four Years
  • 1980-3 Providing for the Filling of Vacancies in Elective County Offices in the County of Orleans
  • 1980-2 To Provide For the Filling of Vacancies in the Orleans County Legislature
  • 1980-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1979-2 Governing Medical Examinations of Employees of the County of Orleans and Repealing Section 3 of Local Law No. 1 for the County of Orleans for the Year 1974
  • 1979-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1978-2 Providing For the County of Orleans to Claim Against Fire Insurance Proceed for Unpaid Taxes
  • 1978-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1977-3 Providing For Written Notification of Any County Street, Highway, Bridge, Culvert, Sidewalk, or Crosswalk or any County Building or County Facility Being Out of Repair, Unsafe, Dangerous, or Obstructed
  • 1977-2 Regulation and Licensing of Mass Gatherings Involving Gatherings or Assembly of Persons Calculated to or Likely to Attract 2500 or More Persons: Establishing Licensing Procedures and Fees Therefore: And Prescribing Offenses and Penalties
  • 1977-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1976-3 County of Orleans Pursuant to Article 24 of the New York Environmental Conservation Law to Provide for the Protection, Preservation, and Conservation of the Freshwater Wetlands Within its Boundaries
  • 1976-2 Creating the Orleans County Traffic Safety Board and Establishing its Functions
  • 1976-1 Delegating to the Orleans County Sheriff the Powers Granted Under Section 209-m of the General Municipal Law to the Chief Executive Officer of the County of Orleans
  • 1975-1 Increasing the Salaries of Various Employees of the County of Orleans Appointed or Elected for a Definite Term
  • 1974-1 Amending the Orleans County Self-Insurance Plan, Pursuant to Workmen’s Compensation Law, Being Local Law No. 2 of 1956
  • 1973-2 Increasing the Salary of the Orleans County Sheriff to $15,000
  • 1973-1 Increasing the Salary of the Orleans County Judge and Surrogate
  • 1972-3 Establishing Salary for County Superintendent of Highways
  • 1972-2 Establishing Orleans County Department of Highways and Prescribing the Powers and Duties Thereof
  • 1972-1 Increase the Salary of the Orleans County Judge and Surrogate to $26,500.00
  • 1970-1 Increase the Salary of the County Clerk of the County of Orleans, New York to $9,500.00.
  • 1969-1 Enable the County of Orleans to Assume the Liability to Save Harmless and Protect the Orleans County Clerk and Employees of His Office Pursuant to Section 533 of the County Law of the State of New York
  • 1968-1 Establishing a County Mental Health Board in the County of Orleans, New York
  • 1962-2 Provide for the Continuity of Government of the County of Orleans, New York, in the Event of an Attack or Public Disaster
  • 1962-1 Establishing a County Tax Department 
  • 1956-2 Enumerating Rules and Regulations for the Administration of the Orleans County Self Insurance Plan
  • 1956-1 Provide for Continuation of Worker’s Compensation Mutual Plan, and the Conversion thereof to a County Self Insurance Plan, Pursuant to Workmen’s Compensation Law, Article 5
  • 1952-1 Increasing the Salary of the Commissioner of Public Welfare During His Term in Office