NYCOM's mission is the same today as it was when we were founded in 1910. At the beginning of the 20th century, "state municipal leagues" began to be formed to give general support to municipal officials in each state, serving as a way to improve local government by facilitating cooperation, the exchange of information and ideas on best practices, and the discussion of new solutions to common municipal problems.
By 1910, the state municipal league movement was well underway, with leagues formally or informally organized in more than a dozen states. The first formal meeting of city mayors in New York was held as a "Conference of Mayors" on June 23 and 24, 1910, in the City of Schenectady's Mohawk Theater, to discuss problems of municipal health administration. More than 200 mayors and other officials from 42 of the State's then 49 cities were represented at the event. In 1924, NYCOM opened its membership to village governments, and eventually changed the basis of membership from solely the mayor to the entire municipal government.
Then, as now, NYCOM's mission is to serve as:
- A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their taxpayers before the state's Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government;
- A readily accessible source of practical information touching upon every area of municipal activity; and
- The preeminent provider of training for local government officials. Through membership in NYCOM, New York's cities and villages are better able to provide essential services in the most cost effective manner.