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New York State Statute of Local Governments: Chapter 58-A of the Consolidated Laws

Local Governance   
New York
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The Statute of Local Governments grants powers to local governments pursuant the State Constitution. These include, but are not limited to, the powers to adopt, amend and repeal ordinances, acquire real property, establish recreational facilities on the property, and administer rent in connection with the property. Local governments can also adopt zoning regulations and perform comprehensive planning work related to their jurisdiction. The legislature reserves several powers to enact laws including those laws relating to defense of state in times of enemy attack or disaster and relating to matter other than the property, affairs or government of the local governments.