Suffolk County, NY
 
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[Amended 7-10-1973 by L.L. No. 16-1973]
[Amended 10-9-1973 by L.L. No. 25-1973]
The County, including the towns and villages situated therein, shall continue to be a County Health District. The Commissioner of Health Services shall be the chief administrative officer of the district. He shall have all of the powers or duties conferred or imposed upon county health officers and, except as otherwise provided in this article, upon county boards of health. Any reference in the Public Health Law or any other law, rule or regulation to a local department of health by which is meant the Department of Health in Suffolk County shall be deemed to refer to the Department of Health Services. Any reference in the Public Health Law or any other law, rule or regulation to a local commissioner of health by which is meant the Commissioner of Health of Suffolk County shall be deemed to refer to the Commissioner of Health Services.
[Amended 10-9-1973 by L.L. No. 25-1973; 12-30-1975 by L.L. No. 5-1976]
There shall be a Department of Health Services, the head of which shall be the Commissioner of Health Services, who shall also be the County Health Commissioner within the meaning of Article 3, Title III, of the Public Health Law. He shall be appointed by the County Executive with the approval of the County Legislature to serve for a term of six years. He shall be a physician duly licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York and experienced in public health administration and shall meet such minimum qualifications of professional and administrative education and experience as may be desired by the Public Health Council of the state for a local health district director. He shall give his whole time to the duties of his office. Within the appropriations made therefor, the Commissioner shall appoint a Deputy Commissioner, who shall act generally for and in place of the Commissioner, and such other officers and employees as may be provided by the County Legislature.
The Commissioner shall have the power to exercise and delegate any functions, powers and duties vested in him or in the Department by this Charter or otherwise, except those vested by law in the Board of Health, the Commissioner of Mental Health and the Chief Medical Examiner. In the performance of his functions the Commissioner shall have, in addition to such others as may be conferred upon him from time to time by law, the power and duty to:
A. 
Analyze the needs of the County with respect to the matters subject to the jurisdiction of the Department and, after consultation with the County Executive, to prepare intermediate and long-range programs designed to meet such needs and establish priorities for them.
B. 
To the extent to which the organization of the Department is not prescribed by law and in accordance with such standards as may be established by the County Executive, organize the Department into divisions, bureaus or offices and make assignments of powers and duties among them and from time to time change such organization and assignments.
C. 
Enter, with the approval of the County Executive, into contracts for the provision of services.
[Amended 10-9-1973 by L.L. No. 25-1973]
D. 
Have all powers which were heretofore exercised by the Commissioner of Health through the Department of Health, and these shall be exercised by the Commissioner of Health Services through the Division of Public Health and, in addition to these, such other powers, duties and responsibilities as may be given to or imposed upon it.
[Amended 11-12-1980 by L.L. No. 27-1980]
[Amended 10-9-1973 by L.L. No. 25-1973; 1-14-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975; 11-23-1976 by L.L. No. 21-1976; 3-3-2020 by L.L. No. 13-2020]
There shall be in the Department a Board of Health. The Board shall consist of seven members, of whom at least three shall be physicians licensed to practice medicine in the State of New York, one shall be the Chairman of the Health Committee of the County Legislature and one shall be the Commissioner of Health Services. The Commissioner of Health Services shall serve as Chairman of the Board of Health. The members shall receive a stipend of $25 per member per meeting attended and may be reimbursed for necessary and proper expenses incurred in connection with their official duties. The members of the Board of Health shall be residents of Suffolk County. The members, with the exception of the Commissioner of Health Services and the Chairman of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, shall be appointed by the County Legislature for terms of six years; provided, however, that all incumbent members of the Board of Health in existence at the time of the effective date hereof shall continue in office until the expiration of their current terms. The Commissioner of Health Services and the Chairman of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature shall become members of the Board of Health at the time of the effective date hereof and shall remain members for the term of their appointments. Hereafter, upon the approval of the appointment of the Commissioner of Health Services by the County Legislature and/or the designation of a Chairman of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, said persons shall immediately become members of the Board of Health for the term of their appointments or designations. The Board of Health, subject to the provisions of the Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code, shall have the power to adopt, promulgate, amend or repeal rules and regulations affecting public health in the County. The Board of Health shall, at the request of the Commissioner of Health Services, consider any matter relating to the preservation and improvement of public health. The Board of Health shall have no executive, administrative or appointive duties except as otherwise provided in this article.
A. 
The County Sanitary Code which is in force in the County on the date at which this section takes effect and all existing provisions of law fixing penalties for violations of the code and all regulations of the Board of Health duly filed on the effective date of this article shall continue to be binding and in force except as amended or repealed from time to time pursuant to this article. Such code shall have the force and effect of law.
B. 
The Board of Health from time to time may add to and alter, amend or repeal any part of the County Sanitary Code. No provision of such code shall be inconsistent with the Constitution or laws of the state, the State Sanitary Code or orders made by the State Commissioner of Health. Any violation of such Sanitary Code shall be enforced in the manner prescribed by the Public Health Law or as may be provided under such Sanitary Code.
C. 
Any amendment to the Suffolk County Sanitary Code which implements a recommendation of the updated Suffolk County Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan shall not take effect until such time as the amendment is approved by the Suffolk County Legislature by a duly enacted resolution.
[Added 8-16-2011 by L.L. No. 39-2011]