Dutchess County , NY
 
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[Amended 12-6-2012 by L.L. No. 8-2012]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Art. XVI, regarding the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, was repealed 12-6-1993 by L.L. No. 7-1993.
The Commissioner of Community and Family Services shall have the power to recommend to the County Executive appointment of such Deputy Commissioners, assistants and employees as shall be authorized by the County Legislature. Such Deputy Commissioners, assistants and employees shall meet the qualifications prescribed by the Social Services Law and the Commissioner of Social Services of the State of New York. All Deputy Commissioners of Community and Family Services, assistants and employees shall be directly responsible to the Commissioner of Community and Family Services, except where otherwise provided by the County Charter, Code or other law.
The Commissioner, subject to the approval of the County Executive, shall designate in writing, in order of succession, the Deputy Commissioners of Community and Family Services who shall be the Acting Commissioner of Community and Family Services in the event of his/her absence from the County or inability to perform and exercise the powers and duties of his/her office. Such designation shall be filed with the County Clerk and the Clerk of the County Legislature and may be revoked at any time by the Commissioner filing a new written designation and order of succession. The Acting Commissioner of Community and Family Services shall have all the powers and perform all the duties of the Commissioner.
[Added 12-6-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
In addition to social services, the Department of Community and Family Services shall provide the following services through the Division of Youth Services:
Youth Services. The Director of Youth Services shall:
1. 
Be responsible for providing the following general services in connection with the County's youth population, which shall include but not be limited to:
a. 
Providing youth development services and programs;
b. 
Developing and/or recommending policies and/or plans which promote youth development and prevent delinquency;
c. 
Advocating for youth regarding the development of services and strategies which address locally identified youth problems and needs;
d. 
Establishing closer cooperation among employers, labor, school, churches, recreation and/or youth commissions, service clubs, youth and family services providers and other public and private agencies to encourage youth programs on the basis of local community planning;
e. 
Reviewing and analyzing grants provided to the Youth Services Division from federal, state and local governments as well as those from private individuals, corporations, and associations, and have the Youth Board and Coordinating Council establish local criteria for their allocation;
[Amended 7-7-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
f. 
In cooperation with the Youth Board and Coordinating Council, effectuating the Resource Allocation Plan (RAP) and reviewing, analyzing, accepting or rejecting proposals for the creation or expansion of recreational services and youth services or other youth programs as defined by the laws of New York State, and making appropriate recommendations to the County Executive;
[Amended 7-7-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
g. 
Developing and implementing an integrated County plan approved by the Youth Board and Coordinating Council and County Executive that includes a statement of goals and objectives, youth problem analysis, and methods for evaluation, monitoring and control in conjunction with required partner agencies; and
[Amended 7-7-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
h. 
Making the necessary studies and recommendations regarding the needs of youth residing in the County.
i. 
The Director of Youth Services shall also hold the title of "Executive Director of the Youth Bureau" as set forth in Article 19-A of the New York State Executive Law.
2. 
The Commissioner of Community and Family Services in consultation with the Director of Youth Services may from time to time add or delete such programs as allowed by statute, rule or regulation.
[Added 12-6-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012; amended 8-12-2013 by L.L. No. 8-2013; 7-7-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2014]
A. 
The Youth Board and Coordinating Council shall continue the work of the Youth Board without interruption, shall act as an advisory board reporting to the Director of Youth Services, and consist of the following members:
[Amended 12-4-2014 by L.L. No. 2-2015]
(1) 
Composition of Board. The Youth Board and Coordinating Council shall be representative of the community it serves. It shall have no more than 22 members, who shall be appointed by the County Executive with the exception of the two Legislator appointments which shall be made by the Chair of the Legislature (one from minority and one from majority). The total membership of the Youth Board and Coordinating Council shall reflect a balance between government and nongovernment representatives who are directly concerned with the well-being of youth, including a minimum of two and maximum of five youth, plus: two members from primary, secondary, and/or higher education; four from the nonprofit community, including one from the Workforce Investment Board and one from the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce; four from specific County departments/functions, including the Department of Community and Family Services (in addition to the Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, who shall be a non-voting member except in the case of a tie vote), Department of Behavioral and Community Health; and the rest (five at most) will serve at large. Regional and diverse representation is encouraged and recommended. All appointments of Youth Board members shall conform to federal, state and/or local requirements applicable to municipalities regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(2) 
Youth representatives. Youth representatives are defined as under the age of 21 at time of appointment to term.
(3) 
Terms for representatives. Terms of Youth Board and Coordinating Council representatives shall be two years, with a term being from September 1 to August 31. Nongovernment representatives shall not serve more than two full consecutive terms. Legislator terms will be concurrent with their terms as Legislators, serving at the pleasure of the Chair. All other appointments serve at the pleasure of the County Executive.
(4) 
Chairperson and officers. The Youth Board and Coordinating Council shall annually elect from its membership a Chairperson and such other officers as it may authorize in accordance with its rules and regulations.
(5) 
All appointments of Youth Board and Coordinating Council members shall conform to federal, state and/or local requirements applicable to municipalities regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action.
B. 
Powers, duties and responsibilities of Youth Board and Coordinating Council:
(1) 
After consultation with the Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, develop and/or recommend policies and/or plans which promote youth development and prevent delinquency.
(2) 
Advocate for youth with the executive, administrative and legislative bodies and the community at large regarding the development of services and strategies which address locally identified youth problems and needs.
(3) 
Establish closer cooperation among employers, labor, school, churches, recreation and/or youth commissions, service clubs, youth and family service providers and other public and private agencies to encourage youth programs on the basis of local community planning.
(4) 
Review and analyze grants given to the Youth Board and Coordinating Council from federal, state and local governments as well as from private individuals, corporations, and associations and establish local criteria for the allocation.
(5) 
In cooperation with the Youth Bureau's Executive Director, review and analyze, as well as accept or reject proposals for the creation or expansion of recreational services and youth service projects or other youth programs as defined by the laws of the State of New York, and make appropriate recommendations to the County Executive.
(6) 
Receive, review and analyze statistical records and data, including those that reflect the incidence and trends of delinquency as well as youthful crimes and offenses in the locality; make necessary studies and recommendations regarding the needs of youth residing in the community served by the Board.
(7) 
Appoint such advisory groups and committees as may be necessary to carry out its powers and duties.
(8) 
Develop and implement the integrated County plan.
[Added 12-6-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
The Commissioner of Community and Family Services, in consultation with the Director of Youth Services, shall submit an annual report of the department's activities to the County Executive. The Commissioner shall also be responsible for filing necessary reports as may be required by federal or state law, rule or regulation.