Expert discusses alternative forms of government, redistricting, with Cayuga County Legislature

The Cayuga County Legislature on Thursday heard from one of New York’s leading experts on local government to hear his advice on possibly redistricting or adopting an alternative form of government.

Dr. Gerald Benjamin leads the eponymous Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz, which focuses on research, evaluation and analysis of and for local governments to better serve citizens.

In addition to previously serving as a Legislature chairman, among other roles, in Ulster County, Benjamin led the development process for that county’s first charter.

Forming a charter was one of the main topics Benjamin discussed Thursday evening, along with redistricting and weighted vote reapportionment.

Currently, the Cayuga County Legislature operates under what Benjamin called the “unusual if not unique” form of a county Legislature with weighted votes.

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