Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, this week, was sworn in as First Vice President of the New York State Association of Towns. Councilwoman Goosby is the first African American to serve on the Association’s Executive Board.
“It is a true honor to be elected First Vice President of this association that has such a positive impact on towns throughout the state,” said Councilwoman Goosby. “One of my primary goals this year is to get more people involved in the association.”
“Hempstead Town is so proud to have Councilwoman Goosby representing us in this prestigious organization,” said Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray. “Councilwoman Goosby is a dedicated elected official and gives her all to everything in which she is involved.”
The Association of Towns of the State of New York was established in 1933 to help towns obtain greater economy and efficiency. The Association serves town governments by providing training programs, research and information services, technical assistance, legal services, computer software programs, insurance programs and a variety of publications to member towns. It represents town governments by providing advocacy in Albany, monitoring legislation and regulatory action, lobbying and presenting initiatives solely on behalf of towns. The Association gains all of its revenue from dues and activities, and receives no State or federal assistance.
The membership of the Association consists solely of towns, and therefore all town officials are included. From inception, membership support has been strong and has grown to over 97% of all towns. The Association staffing has evolved over the years to meet member needs and now includes attorneys and professionals with experience in town government, the state Legislature and state agencies. The Association's library and computer systems house vast amounts of information on state and local governments, including fiscal and census data, and membership information for more than 20,000 town officials.
When the organization was established in 1933 and for several years thereafter, the Association of Towns met in Hempstead Town Hall.
Councilwoman Goosby was sworn in as 1st Vice President on the last day of the Association’s Training School and Annual Meeting Program at the Hilton in New York City. The event hosts nearly 2,000 town officials from all over New York State and offers classes in ethics, fiscal management, health insurance, grants, energy conservation and more.
“Hempstead Town has historically been an active part of the Association of Towns, so I am thrilled to represent the country’s largest township in a role that will help shape our towns and communities in the future,” concluded Councilwoman Goosby.