[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ramapo as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-20-2004 by L.L. No. 11-2004]
Subdivision 1 of § 85 of the Town Law provides that whenever a proposition shall have been adopted for the establishment of the ward system and the election thereafter of one Councilperson from each ward, the Board of Elections of Rockland County shall divide the Town into wards and fix the boundaries thereof. Pursuant to the Municipal Home Rule Law § 10, Subdivision 1(ii)d(3), the Town Board, by local law, can supersede in its application to it, any provision of the Town Law relating to the property, affairs or government of the Town, unless the State Legislature shall have prohibited the adoption of such local law. The boundary of a ward system is a permissible subject of a local law and there is no state law prohibiting the adoption of this article. The Town Board believes that the Town is best suited to fix the boundaries of each ward. Other towns have done so.
Whenever a proposition shall have been adopted in the Town for the establishment of the ward system and the election thereafter of one Councilperson from each ward, the Town Board shall divide the Town into four wards and fix the boundaries thereof, unless a proposition shall have been adopted to increase the number of Councilpersons from four to six, in which instance, the Town Board shall divide the Town into six wards and fix the boundaries thereof. The division shall be made so that the number of inhabitants in each ward, based upon the last regular federal census, shall be substantially equal, with wards composed of convenient and contiguous territory in as compact form as practicable. No election district heretofore or hereinafter created under the Election Law shall contain parts of two or more wards. The Town Board shall make appropriate revisions of the boundaries of the wards so that they shall contain a substantially equal number of inhabitants not later than six months after the publication of the results of a regular federal census which indicated that the districts do not contain a substantially equal number of inhabitants. When the Town Board shall have finally determined the boundaries of the wards, it shall cause a map of the Town to be prepared, showing, in detail, the location of each ward and the boundaries thereof. The original map so made shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk and copies thereof shall be filed in the offices of the County Clerk and the Board of Elections of Rockland County. The ward system shall be deemed established after such filing is complete.