Ryan named a director to national counties board


Westchester County Legislator Bill Ryan has been named to the National Association of Counties Board of Directors.

The announcement came following the NACo Annual Conference, which was held last week in Portland, Oregon. Ryan will represent New York State on the NACo Board.

Ryan, a former chairman of the county board, is now president of the New York State Association of Counties, or NYSAC.

He represents Westchester’s 5th Legislative District, which includes White Plains and Scarsdale.

“This is an important development for New York. Having representation on the governing board of the national association will ensure that the unique needs and concerns of New York are addressed,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. “Without the participation of Bill Ryan and the other Westchester County legislators, including Chairman Ken Jenkins, who are active in NACo, New York would not be as effective in making its case for national policy.”

Ryan was also named to the NACo’s Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs Steering Committee, which deals with all matters pertaining to the financial resources of counties; fiscal management; federal assistance; municipal borrowing; county revenues; federal budget; federal tax reform; elections and Native American issues.

“Working with and learning from other elected officials at the National Association of Counties and New York State Association of Counties greatly enhances our public service and problem solving,” said Ryan. “To build stronger communities, it’s important to be innovative and know what is making a difference in the lives of others. The give-and-take in these organizations is unparalleled in this regard, and I look forward to bringing back a lot of superb governance ideas to Westchester.”


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  1. This means less than nothing. Ryan had six years as Board Chair to establish a dynamic record; now he has to content himself with meaningless posts in assns with no ability to move public policy. Had he been successful, he’d have been running for County Exec, much less had been Mayor of Wh Pls. He wasted his political capital trying to get a big fat raise.