Town Issues

Wards - What are Wards?

A Ward structure of local government means the total population area being governed [Town of Cornwall] is broken up into equal parts called “wards.” Each ward has approximately the same population based on U.S. Census. Each ward elects their own councilperson who must live in that ward. Residents can only vote for their councilperson. Each ward is represented on the Town Council headed by the Town Supervisor. This structure is similar to the U.S. Congress and NY State Assembly.

Cornwall currently has an “at-large” Town Council structure. Each resident votes for all of the councilperson seats headed by the Town Supervisor.

In both structures, the Town Supervisor is elected by all residents.