NEW YORK COUNTY BOARD
The Association shall be known as the Gaelic Athletic Association of Greater New York.
- The objective of the Association shall be the cultivation and preservation of Irish national games and pastimes.
- The Association shall be strictly non-political and non-sectarian. No political questions shall be asked at any of its meetings.
- The Association shall be a non-profit organization.
- Each club shall be represented at meetings of the Association on the basis of two (2) named delegates per team or in their absence by duly authorized proxies. A club which does not take part in, withdraws from, or does not complete its schedule obligations in any Championship competition, shall lose representation in respect of the defaulting team at all meetings of the Association.
- Suspended clubs shall not be represented at any meeting until they are reinstated.
- A delegate may represent one club only.
- (a) The Annual “Election” Convention shall be held on the first Sunday of December.
(b) The annual “Rules” Convention shall be held in February, on or before the third Sunday.
- At the Annual Convention each club shall be represented on the basis of two delegates per club.
- In accordance with R. 3.10, T.O. 2013 the Co. Convention shall consist of the Officers and Members of the outgoing County Committee (voting as on the outgoing Committee) and two delegates from each club that competed in a Junior or higher grade Championship in the current year.
- (i) Nominations for Officers shall take place at a meeting prior to the Convention designated by the governing body. Such meeting shall be announced at two prior consecutive meetings. Nominees must be present to be nominated. In the event of an emergency, written notice signed by the nominee, will be accepted to signify acceptance of the nomination.
(ii) Clubs of nominators or nominees to any office must have their affiliation fee paid to the Treasurer prior to the Convention.
(iii) All delegates for office must be duly accredited representatives for at least one year prior to the Convention at which they will be candidates for office. An elected officer should not hold a position as Chairperson of a Divisional Committee.
(iv) At the Convention elections a delegate may vote only once on any issue.
(v) The names of the delegates and proxies who are to represent the various clubs at the Annual Convention and meetings of the Association must be sent to the Secretary prior to the Convention – The names of the delegates may not be changed after the night of nominations.
(vi) The New York Co. Board delegation to the Annual GAA Congress shall be elected at the Annual Convention. The Chairperson and Secretary of the Association are automatically delegates. All other delegates must be elected at County Convention.
- In accordance with R. 3.11, T.O. 2013 the Co. Convention, to be held on the first Sunday in December, shall elect the following Officers : Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, Development Officer, Coaching Officer, Public Relations Officer and Youth Officer. It shall also elect a Central Council representative who shall be the County Chairperson. It shall appoint a Children's Officer recommended by the outgoing County Committee. A member who has served five (5) years in a specific Officership shall be ineligible to hold that Officership for the ensuing five (5) year period.
Deviation from R.3.11, T.O. 2013 requested in that we need not appoint an Officer for Irish Language Culture.
The County Committee shall be the governing and controlling body of all the affairs of the Association within the County, excepting those functions reserved to the Provincial Council and Central Council under the Official Guide.
- In accordance with R.3.19 the County Committee shall consist of the officers elected at County Convention, the Central Council representative, the Referees’ Administrator appointed by the County Committee in accordance with R.3.20 (i) T.O. 2011, the Chairperson of the Senior Football Division, the Chairperson of the Intermediate Football Division, the Chairperson of the Junior Football Division and the Chairperson of the Hurling Division, the Chairperson of the Minor Board and two delegates per club from adult clubs affiliated to the New York County Board. All members shall have voting rights.
(i) A Committee meeting may only be attended by accredited member of that committee. Non-member(s) of a committee must leave the room before any discussion, or vote, is undertaken by that committee on any item.
(ii) All communications, and reports, must first be read at a Regular or ‘Special’ meeting of the County Committee.
(iii) Any written communication from a Club, or Officer, outlining unacceptable conduct by another club, club member, or team member, shall be dealt with by the Co. Management Committee.
(v) No committee may discuss any matter which is not under the jurisdiction of that committee. In particular, the Chairperson of the County Committee and the Management Committee shall be extremely vigilant in not allowing any particular item which might come before the CCC or Hearings Committee, or would come under their jurisdiction, to be discussed.
(vi) When a game is played, and the points are awarded to a team, the opponent must lodge an objection, in accordance with R.7.10 (c) T.O. 2013, if they wish to claim the points based on a violation of any of the Board’s bye-laws or regulations.
- In accordance with R. 3.21 T.O. 2013 the County Committee shall appoint the following subcommittees whose powers and functions shall be as outlined in R.3.21 T.O. 2013 and in these Bye Law’s. An elected Officer may not be appointed to hold position on any subcommittee. No one individual may hold two positions on any subcommittee.
(i) Management Committee: It shall consist of the Officers elected at the County Convention and five others all of whom have been nominated by the Divisional Committees and appointed by the County Committee. The Management Committee will draw up a format for the Hearings and Appeals Committees which will be subject to approval by the Co. Committee.
(ii) Competitions Control Committee (CCC): It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice Chairperson, nominated by management, and approved by the county committee, the County Secretary, one representative elected by each Division and the and the Referees Administrator. A quorum for disciplinary purposes will consist of at least four members. The CCC shall schedule games four weeks prior to the game if possible. Tie games shall be rescheduled at the discretion of the CCC. It shall be responsible for making decisions on applications for transfer within the County.
(iii) Hearings Committee: It shall consist of six named members, the Vice Chairperson, the Assistant Secretary and the Chairpersons of the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Football and the Hurling Divisions. The Vice-Chairperson shall be the Chairperson of the Hearings Committee. A quorum of a Hearings Committee meeting shall consist of four members plus the Chairperson. This is excluding interested parties. A member of the Hearings Committee is an interested party if his club, native County club or a person from his native County are involved in an objection or any judgment being acted on by the Hearings Committee. A member of the Hearings Committee who misses any meeting on an objection or investigation shall not be allowed to sit in on any subsequent meetings on that objection or investigation. Members may not appoint proxies. Only appointed members may sit on this committee.
(iv) Appeals Committee: It shall consist of three members who are not members of any other subcommittee and who have not sat on an earlier case at an earlier meeting. All of the members of this committee shall be approved by the County Committee.
(v) Finance Committee: shall consist of four members. The membership will include the Treasurer who will act as the Committee’s Chairperson. It will be responsible, subject to the overall control of the County Committee, for any matters of finance referred to it by either the County Committee or the Management Committee.
(vi) Planning & Physical Development Committee: It shall consist of the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and four other members.
(vii) Referees Administration Committee: It shall consist of three members including the Co. Referees’ Administrator.
(viii) Coaching & Games Development Committee: It shall consist of four members including the Coaching Officer.
(ix) Cultural Committee: It shall consist of three members.
(x) Public/Marketing Committee: It shall consist of three members including the Co. PRO.
(xi) Youth Committee: It shall consist of three members including the Co. Youth Officer.
(xii) Information Technology Committee: It shall consist of three members.
(xiii) Co. Teams Management & Panels Subcommittee: the membership of this Sub- Committee shall be as outlined in the Charter for County Committee/Player Relationships as approved by Ard-Chomhairle from time to time. The functions of this Sub-Committee shall be as outlined in Rule 3.22 (ii) Official Guide 2011, Part 1.
(xiv) Fixtures Planners: It shall consist of three members.
(xv) Health & Wellbeing Committee: It shall consist of four members.
- In accordance with R.3.20 (m) T.O. 2013 the Co. Committee shall have the following subcommittees whose powers and functions shall be as outlined in these Bye- Laws:
(i) Senior Football Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice- Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC Representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee. Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at all levels and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the CCC.
(ii) Intermediate Football Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice-Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee. Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at all levels and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the CCC.
(iii) Junior Football Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson, a Vice- Chairperson, a Secretary and a CCC representative all of whom shall be elected by the Division and approved by the County Committee. Its function shall be to draw up a schedule of football games at all levels and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the CCC.
(iv) Hurling Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson who shall be the Senior Hurling Chairperson and elected by the Senior Hurling Section, a Vice- Chairperson, who shall be the Junior Hurling Chairperson and elected by the Junior Hurling Section, a CCC Representative, who shall be elected by the Senior Hurling Section. Each section shall have an Assistant Chairperson, Secretary, and all shall be approved by the County Committee. Each section shall draw up a schedule of hurling games, and present same to the County Committee for ratification for forwarding to the CCC.
(v) Minor Board Divisional Committee: It shall consist of a Chairperson, First Vice- President, Secretary, Assistant Secretary (Registrar, Treasurer (2nd Vice President), Assistant Secretary (Registrar), Referee Administrator, PRO, three (3) Auditors (Finance Committee), Developmental Officer, Cultural Officer, Delegate to Congress and a Youth Hurling Officer. Its function shall be to conduct the day-to-day business within the Minor Board Division with a monthly report submitted to the County Secretary and to draw up a schedule of football games at all levels and present same to the Co. Committee for ratification for forwarding to the CCC.
- The New York Rule Book shall be updated as soon as possible after the Convention and the Bye-Laws, approved by the Management Committee in Croke Park on behalf of Central Council along with the Official Guide shall be the sole guideline for conducting the business of the Association by the New York County Board.
- Players of the Year in all grades to be represented at the GAA Annual Dinner Dance as in U-21, Senior Intermediate and Junior Football and Hurling. Players to be selected by the Board of Officers of the New York GAA.
A member who has served five (5) years in a specific Officership shall be ineligible to hold that Officership for the ensuing five (5) year period. The Chairperson shall be elected initially for two years (2) and may be re-elected each year annually up to the maximum five (5) years.
The Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Association other than those provided for in the Constitution. They shall impartially put all motions, duly seconded and in order, to a vote and declare the result thereof. They shall have the casting vote. They shall nominate for appointment by the Co. Committee all Committees necessary for the welfare of the Association other than those provided for in the Constitution. The Chairperson may not serve longer than three consecutive years in office.
The outgoing Chairperson shall continue as an officer “ex-officio
” for one year after the termination of their elected term. The Chairperson shall automatically be the NY Board delegate to the Central Council of the GAA.VICE CHAIRPERSON:
The Vice-Chairperson shall preside at all meetings of the Association in the absence of the Chairperson and shall be governed by the same rules as the Chairperson. They shall preside over all meetings of the Hearings Committee.SECRETARY:
It shall be the duty of the Secretary to attend all meetings of the Association and keep a correct account of all business transacted and give a full report at regular meetings. They shall give a report at each regular meeting of the Association of the business transacted at the Committee meetings. It shall also be the duty of the Secretary to receive and read at meetings all correspondence in connection with the Association, and to reply as directed by the Association, or by the presiding officer, at meetings of the Association. They shall keep a correct list of all delegates representing clubs.ASSISTANT SECRETARY:
The Assistant Secretary shall provide assistance to the Secretary in their duties as outlined, and substitute for the Secretary in their absence.TREASURER:
The Treasurer shall keep the funds of the Association in a checking account in the name of the Gaelic Athletic Association. There must be two signatures on all checking accounts. All withdrawals from the checking account shall bear the signature of the Treasurer and the Chairperson. They shall act in conjunction with the Assistant Treasurer at games. The Treasurer is not subject to the maximum period in office of five (5) years.ASSISTANT TREASURER:
The Assistant Treasurer shall receive all funds, dues etc. of the Association and hand them over to the Treasurer. It shall be their duty to collect the expenses of the teams and referees and have same for the Treasurer at the following meeting.￼PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER:
As per R. 3.22, (viii), T.O. 2011DEVELOPMENT OFFICER:
The duties the development officer shall include, but shall not be limited to, enhancing the development of underage hurling and football, advancing relationships between the Board and other jurisdictions, particularly in North America, developing and managing summer coaching camps and other responsibilities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Officers.YOUTH OFFICER:
The duties of the youth officer shall be to, but shall not be limited to, oversee and coordinate all youth activities as deemed appropriate by the Board of Officers and they must also be actively involved in the Youth program within the region.
A meeting shall be chaired by the senior Officer present and shall require that at least ten affiliated clubs are represented to form a quorum.