The New York State Association of Counties is aiming to support women who serve in county government.
NYSAC President William Cherry announced the launch of the Women's Leadership Council, a seven-member panel that will provide resources for women serving in county-level positions.
One reason for the council's formation, according to NYSAC, is that women are underrepresented at the local level. In New York, 23 percent of local and state government posts are held by women.
The chair of the council's executive committee will be incoming NYSAC President-elect MaryEllen Odell, who serves as Putnam County executive.
"I'm honored to chair the launch of this important initiative, and to work with my colleagues in county office to provide resources to women in elected county positions," Odell said. "I look forward to celebrating the launch of the Women's Leadership Council as I begin my NYSAC presidency this fall."
Other members of the council's executive committee include Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino and Tioga County Legislature Chairwoman Martha Sauerbrey.
Sullivan County Treasurer Nancy Buck and Claudia Braymer of the Warren County Board of Supervisors are also on the panel.
Rounding out the council are two county legislators — Lucille McKnight of Albany County and Martha Robertson of Tompkins County.
The creation of the council comes as the state is marking the 100th anniversary of women being granted the right to vote in New York. The state was ahead of others in allowing women to vote. The 19th Amendment, which establishes that right in the Constitution, wasn't ratified until 1920.