Sullivan County, New York

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Sullivan County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. According to the 2007 estimate by the U.S. Census Bureau, the county's population was 76,303. It is part of the New York metropolitan area. The county seat is Monticello. The name is in honor of Major General John Sullivan, who was a hero in the American Revolutionary War. The county was the site of hundreds of Borscht Belt hotels and resorts, which had their heyday from the 1920s through the 1970s.

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History

When the colony that is now New York State established its first twelve counties in 1683, the present Sullivan County was part of Ulster County. In 1809, Sullivan County was split from Ulster County.

Government and politics

Sullivan County is generally considered a swing county as it has been won by both Democrats and Republicans. In 2004 Republican George Bush defeated Democrat John Kerry by a margin of 49.47% to 48.55% or a difference of 285 votes. [1] In 2008 however it was won by Democrat Barack Obama over Republican John McCain by a margin of 54% to 45%.[2]

There are thirty six town and village courts in Sullivan County.[1]

Legislative authority is vested in the county legislature which consists of 9 members each elected from single member districts. Districts Map Currently, there are 5 Democrats and 4 Republicans.

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