The government of Montgomery County, NY uses a weighted vote system or apportionment in order to provide fair and equitable representation for its residents.
The diagram above shows the population from the 2000 Federal Census and the voting power of the Board of Supervisors assigned as a result of that census. The weighted votes are shown in parentheses. From the unequal voting power assigned the representatives from the City of Amsterdam’s five Wards we see that the City did not adjust its Ward boundaries that year.
Montgomery County Board of Supervisors
City of Amsterdam – 1st Ward – Vito L. Greco 518-842-3096 2nd Ward – Barbara M. Johnson 518-842-7425 3rd Ward – Ronald J. Barone, Sr. 518-842-1105 4th Ward – Barbara S. Wheeler 518-842-6398 5th Ward – Karl Baia 518-441-8249
Town of Amsterdam – Thomas P. DiMezza 518-627-0201
Canajoharie – Herbert T. Allen 518-673-3115
Charleston – Shane T. Walters 518-875-6538
Florida – William E. Strevy 518-829-7675
Glen – Lawrence Coddington 518-853-4169
Minden – Thomas L. Quackenbush 518-993-2798
Mohawk – Gregory W. Rajkowski 518-829-7993
Palatine – Brian Sweet 518-673-5123
Root – John W. Thayer 518-332-7593
St. Johnsville – Dominick Stagliano 518-568-2462
Aside from voting power and equitable representation, the census results determine how the State and Federal governments distribute financial aid. It is essential that our local governments adjust to accurately reflect the results of the 2010 Federal Census.
The following changes in population distribution from 2000 to 2010 indicate how Montgomery County needs to change its weighted votes.
Along with the City of Amsterdam’s Common Council, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors need to …
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