[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Youth Bureau — See Admin. Code, § A3-5.
[Adopted 5-12-2009 by Res. No. 396-2009 (Ch. 678 of the 1985 Code)]
The youth of Suffolk County will provide the future leaders of our community and yet young people are, to a large degree, disengaged from the political process and civic affairs. It is important to encourage civic engagement and participation in government among our younger residents in order to prepare them for their future roles. Today's government leaders could also benefit from more exposure to the unique perspectives of young people. Input provided by young people on the issues that impact them most may provide Suffolk County with new and innovative ideas on how to address their concerns. Suffolk County seeks to work with various constituent groups to ensure that the needs of all County residents are met.
The Suffolk County Next Generation Citizens Advisory Board is hereby created for the following purposes:
To discuss issues of importance and relevance to the youth and young adult community of Suffolk County;
To advocate on behalf of youth and young adult residents of Suffolk County, focusing primarily on issues of importance to today's youth;
To encourage civic participation at all levels of government by the young residents of Suffolk County; and
To improve communication and understanding between the younger generation of Suffolk County residents and Suffolk County government.
The Suffolk County Next Generation Citizens Advisory Board shall consist of 36 members, to be selected as follows:
Each Legislator shall select two young people in the traditional high school and college age range from his or her respective district.
Each young person selected by a Legislator must be a Suffolk County resident at the time of his or her appointment.
Each young person selected to be a representative on the Advisory Board shall be notified of his or her appointment via a letter from his or her appointing Legislator.
The terms of office shall commence upon appointment, and the members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing Legislator; however, no member shall be over 21 years of age.
The Board shall be chaired and overseen by the Director of the Suffolk County Youth Bureau.
The members of said Board shall serve without compensation.
The Board shall hold regular quarterly meetings, keep a record of all its proceedings, and determine the rules of its own proceedings, with special meetings to be called by the Chairperson upon his or her own initiative or upon receipt of a written request therefor signed by at least seven members of the Board. Written notice of the time and place of such special meetings shall be given by the secretary to each member at least four days before the date fixed by the notice for such special meeting.
The Board may submit requests to the Suffolk County Youth Bureau for approval for the provision of secretarial services, travel expenses or retention of consultants to assist the Board with such endeavors, said total expenditures not to exceed $5,000 per fiscal year, which services shall be subject to legislative approval.
Clerical services involving the month-to-month operation of this Board, as well as supplies and postage as necessary, will be provided by the staff of the County Youth Bureau.
This Board shall, through the Director of the Youth Bureau, submit a written annual report of its activities as well as recommendations for action, if any, to each member of the County Legislature and the County Executive no later than January 31 of each year, for the prior calendar year activities, for consideration, review and appropriate action, if necessary, by the entire County Legislature.
[Adoped 7-26-2016 by Res. No. 647-2016]
The Suffolk County Next Generation Advisory Council is hereby established for the purpose of bringing together the County's top young minds and leaders to weigh in on and help craft proposals and legislation that directly affect young professionals and their future on Long Island.
The term "next generation" refers to individuals presently between the ages of 22 and 35 years of age.
This Council will be comprised of the following Council members, for a total of 20:
A next generation County resident appointed by the Presiding Officer.
A next generation County resident appointed by the County Executive.
A next generation County resident appointed by each of the Legislature's 18 Legislators. If a Legislator chooses to forgo selecting a member, the Presiding Officer may select a member in that Legislator's place.
The Presiding Officer will select the group's Chairperson.
The Chairperson will appoint from the membership liaisons to each of the Legislature's 12 committees, and those liaisons will be responsible for tracking legislation that affects the next generation of Long Islanders. Legislation affecting next generation residents includes but is not limited to any legislative action that would affect housing, employment and economic opportunities for Suffolk residents ages 22 to 35.
This Council as a whole shall meet, at a minimum, four times annually. At these meetings, the Council will consider the legislation flagged by the Council's liaisons; formulate ideas for potential legislation or projects; discuss how such legislation or projects will affect next generation residents; and either provide written comments to the Clerk, legislation sponsors or the appropriate Legislature committee chair, or, in the alternative, select a representative from the Council to address the Legislature at a Legislature committee meeting or general meeting.
Eleven members shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting the business of the Council.
The Council will submit an annual report on the state of Long Island's next generation to the Presiding Officer and each member of the Legislature summarizing its findings, opinions and feedback from the year. The reports and suggestions developed by this group will be nonbinding and advisory in nature
The Clerk of the Legislature shall provide clerical services associated with the month-to-month operation of this Council, as well as supplies and postage as necessary.