Town Board

Town Board Meetings

7:00pm, second Tuesday of each month.

Workshop

7:00pm, first Tuesday of each month.

Town Hall
4 Proctor Road
Eldred, NY 12732

Board Members

Supervisor

Jeffery Haas
(845) 557-8901
supervisor@townofhighlandny.org

 

Deputy Supervisor

James Gutekunst
(845) 557-6047

Council

Frederick Bosch
(845) 557-8030

Kaitlin Haas
(845) 557-8869

Jim Hanson
(845) 557-3816

 

ATTORNEY TO THE TOWN

Michael Davidoff, Esq.
13 Liberty Street
Monticello, NY 12701

Town Board

Kaitlin Haas, James Hanson, Supervisor Jeffery Haas, Deputy Supervisor James Gutekunst, Frederick Bosch.

Jeffrey Haas
Supervisor

Jeffery Haas
(845) 557-8901
email

The Town Supervisor fills a significant and unusual role. He/she serves in several major capacities:

Presiding Officer (Chairperson): The Supervisor is the presiding officer at meetings of the Town Board by virtue of Section 63 of the Town Law.

Town Legislator (Town Board Member): The Supervisor is not only the presiding officer of the Board, but votes like all other members (Town Law, Section 63).

Town Executive and Administrator: After Town Board decisions have been made; it is the Supervisor who often carries out the decisions. The Supervisor usually receives the majority of complaints and suggestions of citizens as well.

Town Representative (County Board Member): One unusual feature of the office of Supervisor is the fact that it may be a county, as well as Town post.

Town Fiscal Officer: The Supervisor is the treasurer of the town and generally represents the town in the conduct of its financial affairs.

This information was provided by the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability. Publication date: December 2005.

Jim Gutekunst
Deputy Supervisor

James Gutekunst
(845) 557-6047
email

The Town Deputy Supervisor capacities:

A Town Board member designated upon recommendation of the Supervisor and confirmed by vote of full board at Organizational Meeting.

The Deputy Supervisor assumes all the duties of the Supervisor in the event of the absence of, illness of or death of the Supervisor. In such circumstances, the Deputy shall conduct all of the duties of the Supervisor with the full authority of that office.

This information was provided by the Office of the New York State Comptroller, Division of Local Government and School Accountability. Publication date: December 2005.

Town Board

The legislative authority of the town rests in the Town Board, which is the governing board of the Town. The law requires certain budget and organizational meetings (Town Law, Section 62, 106, 109). Beyond that, the Board is generally free to establish, by resolution, a time, date, and place for regular meetings (Town Law, Section 62, Public Officers Law, Article 7).

The Town Board, among other functions, generally fills vacancies in town offices, elective or appointive; may select a town attorney and a town engineer; appoints constables or police officers; and provides for the hiring of such other employees as necessary for the conduct of the town’s business (Town Law, Sections 20, 64). Certain highway employees are hired by the Highway Superintendent, but within appropriations authorized by the Town Board (Highway Law, Section 140(4)).

Among many other things, the Town Board adopts a budget, fixes the salaries of officers and employees, establishes rules of its procedure and designates the official newspaper of the town. The functions are so numerous that only a sample can be given here.

Although most of the functions of the Town Board are set forth in the Town Law, there are others set down in other statutes, such as the General Municipal Law, the Highway Law, the Education Law, the Agricultural and Markets Law and the Not-for-Profit Corporation Law.  In addition, Town Boards may adopt Local Laws pursuant to the Home Rule powers granted in Article 9 of the State Constitution and the Municipal Home Rule Law.