[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 3-12-1974 by L.L. No. 8-1974; amended in its entirety 4-5-1977 by L.L. No. 9-1977 (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.]
GENERAL REFERENCES210a Uncod LL Pro
Senior Citizens Bill of Rights — See Ch. 735.
The purpose of this chapter is to establish a Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory Board to recommend and put into effect those measures most suitable to supplement and aid in coordinating the work and activities of all public and private agencies, as well as religious and social institutions, for advancement of the morale and physical, mental and social well-being of the senior citizens of this County and to increase activities in this field by assistance and financial aid as provided by this chapter.
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 Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory 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 the County, 60 years of age or over, and at least one of such members shall be a member of an ethnic minority group. In addition thereto, the Commissioner of Health Services, the Director of Transportation Services, the Commissioner of Social Services, the Commissioner of Parks and the County Executive, or his designated representative, shall be ex officio members of said Board. One member of said Board shall be designated by the County Executive to serve as Chairman of the Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory Board, subject to confirmation by the Suffolk County Legislature. Each member shall be appointed for a term of three years; provided, however, that of the members first appointed four shall be appointed for one year, three for two years and three for three years.
The Chairman 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 and organize within 15 days after its members are appointed.
The Board shall meet at least 12 times a year, at such times and places as may be fixed by the Chairman.
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 Suffolk County Senior Citizens' Advisory Board shall have the following powers, duties and responsibilities:
Develop effective policies for physical, mental and social well-being for the senior citizens of this County.
Supplement and aid in coordinating the activities of private, public and religious agencies and serve as consultant to said agencies.
Encourage closer cooperation between service clubs, labor, churches, recreation commissions and private agencies so as to stimulate and encourage town senior citizen programs on the basis of community planning.
Obtain and assemble and develop statistical records relating to senior citizens and make necessary studies for the advancement of senior citizen morale and social well-being and, further, conduct public education forums on senior citizen problems and needs.
Appoint such advisory groups and committees as may be necessary to carry out its powers and duties.
Submit an annual report to the County Executive and the County Legislature.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned 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-funded activities involving senior citizens.