[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 3-12-1974 by L.L. No. 8-1974; amended in its entirety 12-4-2018 by L.L. No. 5-2019 (Ch. 158 of the 1985 Code). Subsequent amendments noted where applicable. Uncodified sections of local laws amending these provisions are included at the end of this chapter.]
Senior Citizens Bill of Rights — See Ch. 735.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory Board to advise and assist the Director of the Suffolk County Office for the Aging to develop a network of services to assist older residents to remain independent in their homes and communities for as long as possible.
To assist in the accomplishment of the purposes of this chapter, a Board designated as the "Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory Board" is hereby created.
The County Executive shall appoint, subject to the approval of the Suffolk County Legislature, a Board of not less than 10 members. The Board shall consist of representatives of agencies operating senior citizens' programs and of the general public. One-half of the members shall be residents of Suffolk County, 60 years of age or over, and at least one such member shall be a member of an ethnic minority group. The Director of the Office for the Aging will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board. One member of the Board shall be designated by the County Executive to serve as Chairperson of the Board, subject to confirmation by the Suffolk County Legislature. Each member shall be appointed for a term of three years.
The Chairperson and all members of the Board shall serve without salary or compensation but shall be allowed their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties under this chapter.
The Board shall meet at least six times per year, at such times and places as may be fixed by the Chairperson.
A majority of those present and voting shall be sufficient to carry any business or resolution of the Board, provided that a quorum of at least five members is present.
The Board shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
Advise the Director of the Office for the Aging on issues and concerns facing older residents in the community.
Assist the Office for the Aging in developing the Annual Plan for Aging Services in Suffolk County.
Attend annual public hearings on the Annual Plan for Aging Services in Suffolk County.
Review nominations and recommend an honoree for the annual Suffolk County Senior of the Year award.
Advise the Director of the Office for the Aging and assist with advocacy to federal, state, and County elected officials on issues affecting older adults.
Perform such other duties as may be requested by the County Executive or the County Legislature.
Advise the County Executive and the County Legislature on all matters relating to the development and administration of programs under the Older Americans Act of 1965, as well as other federal and state programs involving older residents.