A town cannot have a fire department, but a city or village can. Nor can a town set its own speed limits, while villages can in some instances.
Sen. Betty Little, R-Queensbury, is sponsoring a law that would direct a review of the confusing crazy-quilt of laws governing the functions, powers and limitations of towns, counties, cities and villages in New York to help determine their "effectiveness, ease of administration, fairness and equity," according to a prepared statement from Little's office.
The Senate Local Government Committee unanimously approved the legislation Wednesday, and it will now go to the Finance Committee. The law would direct the state Law Revision Commission to review all general laws that relate to local governments. The commission would issue a report to the governor and Legislature of its findings and recommendations no later than Dec. 1, 2011.
The last complete review of the state's general consolidated laws was done in 1909. Town Law was last revised in 1932, County Law in 1950 and Village Law in 1972.
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