[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 11-13-1990 by L.L. No. 35-1990. (Ch. 149 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
Ethics and accountability — See Ch. 77.
Open meetings of advisory boards — See Ch. 172.
Editor's Note: This local law was adopted by the Legislature after disapproval by the Executive on 10-25-1990.
This Legislature hereby finds and determines that County Legislators, the elected representatives of the people of this County, repeatedly learn of actions taken by, for or against County government after the fact or actual occurrence because of a breakdown in the lines of communication between County departments and County agencies and County Legislators.
This Legislature also finds and determines that inquiries made by County Legislators are not always replied to in a timely fashion by administrators, thereby leading to an inability on the part of County Legislators to provide complete and forthright responses to the concerns and inquiries raised by the citizens and taxpayers of this County.
This Legislature further finds and determines that the County Executive, with increasing frequency, is declining to enforce, implement and carry out duly enacted legislation of the County of Suffolk, especially when such legislation results from the override of executive vetoes.
Therefore, the purpose of this chapter is to establish a requirement that all inquiries made by County Legislators to County departments or County agencies be responded to within five business days and also to require periodic reporting on the status of legislation that the County Executive decides not to enforce.
Any request, inquiry or demand made by a County Legislator for information, data, answers or responses to questions, inquiries, requests, demands, suggestions or problems on behalf of the residents, citizens and taxpayers of the County of Suffolk to any County department, County office or County agency shall be responded to and answered within five business days of the request, inquiry or demand. Such answer, response, data or information may include a statement that additional time is required to obtain a full and complete response, answer, data or information based on the complexity, difficulty or interplay of other levels of government involved, in which case such agency, department or County office shall periodically report back to said Legislator no later than every 10 business days regarding the status of such inquiry, demand or request until such inquiry, demand or request has been fully responded to or complied with to the satisfaction of the County Legislator.
The County Executive shall issue a written report to each member of the County Legislature on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31 of each year outlining the status of Suffolk County legislation which takes effect during the prior three-month period, including but not limited to a written statement as to which laws or resolutions the County Executive has determined not to implement, enforce, administer or carry out, together with the reasons, if any, for not implementing, enforcing, administering or carrying out such laws or resolutions.
This chapter shall apply to all inquiries, requests or demands made on or after the effective date of this chapter and to all laws which shall take effect subsequent to the effective date of this chapter.