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Under Town Law 81 in any town upon a petition of electors in number equal to at least 5% of the total votes cast for governor in said town at the last general election held for the election of state officers shall cause to be submitted at a special or biennial town election, a proposition:

  • To erect a monument or monuments within the town in commemoration of any person or event;
  • To purchase, lease, construct, alter or remodel a town hall, a town lockup or any other necessary building for town purposes, acquire necessary lands therefor, and equip and furnish such buildings for such purposes, or to demolish or remove any town building;
  • To establish airports, landing fields, public parking places, public parks or playgrounds, acquire the necessary lands therefor, and equip the same with suitable buildings, structures and apparatus;
  • To vote upon or determine any question, proposition or resolution which may lawfully be submitted, pursuant to this chapter or any general or special law;
  • To vote upon a proposition to create a new town out of one or more existing towns;
  • To dredge, bulkhead, dock and otherwise improve any navigable, or other waterway, within the town, and to rent, purchase and equip necessary machinery for such dredging, docking, bulkheading or other improvement, and supply the necessary labor and material therefor;
  • To provide for the collection and disposition of garbage, ashes, rubbish and other waste matter in the town by (1) the award of one or more contracts for the collection and disposition of the same, (2) by the purchase, operation and maintenance of apparatus and equipment for the collection and transportation of the same, (3) by the construction, operation and maintenance of a disposal or incinerator plant or (4) by any combination of (1), (2) and (3).
  • Towns are divided into two classes. Towns of the first class are towns that have a population of 10,000 or more as determined by the federal decenial census, with the exception of towns in Suffolk and Broome Counties and the towns of Ulster and Potsdam, are by statute towns of the first class. All towns in Westchester County, regardless of population, are towns of the first class. All other towns are classified as towns of the second class. In a town of the first class upon proper petition a referendum can be called to vote on a proposition:

  • To increase the number of councilmen from four to six;
  • To establish or abolish the ward system for the election of councilmen in towns having four or six councilmen;
  • To decrease the number of councilmen from four to two;
  • To increase the number of councilmen from two to four.
  • Upon proper petition in a town of the second class having five thousand or more population according to the latest federal or state census or enumeration or having an assessed valuation of ten million dollars or more, as shown by the latest completed assessment-roll of such town, or adjoining a city having a population of three hundred thousand or more, as shown by the latest federal or state census or enumeration, to change the classification of such town to that of a town of the first class.