[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Port Chester 11-6-1989 as L.L. No. 20-1989. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-16-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
Except as may be otherwise provided by intermunicipal agreement, the legislative intent and purpose of this chapter is to establish a Port Chester Youth Bureau ("youth" shall mean any person under 21 years of age) to put into effect a Comprehensive Youth Services Plan for the provision of a Board and coordinated range of services aimed at preventing juvenile delinquency and improving the welfare of all youth of the village; to encourage, supplement and aid in the planning and coordinating of the activities of public, private and voluntary agencies, as well as religious and social organizations for the prevention of delinquency and youth crime; to advance the moral, physical, mental and social well-being of all of the youth of this village; and to encourage the increase in such activities through the provision of staff assistance and financial aid as provided by relevant law and regulations, including the Guidelines and Information for Comprehensive Youth Services Planning of the New York State Division for Youth and §§ 419 and 420, Article 19-A of the New York State Executive Law, as amended.
The Port Chester Village Youth Bureau is hereby constituted a department within the Village of Port Chester and is subject to provisions of Local Law No. 1 of 1975.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 3, Village Manager.
The Village Manager shall appoint a paid full-time Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, subject to confirmation by the Board of Trustees, who shall be a person qualified by a minimum of five years of training and experience in the field of youth services, to administer and supervise the Youth Bureau in the discharge of the powers and duties granted thereto. It shall be the duty of the Executive Director to direct and administer the Youth Bureau and to faithfully carry out and enforce all provisions of state and local law applicable to his position and also all valid requirements of the Village Manager and the Port Chester Youth Board. The Youth Bureau shall have a Youth Board.
The powers and duties of the Executive Director shall be to:
Administer all funds appropriated for the Youth Bureau as well as all moneys received by way of grants which are specifically allocated to the Youth Bureau.
Cooperate with all persons, associations, agencies and corporations which provide programs, services and/or facilities for youth services.
Recommend to the Village Manager and, through the Village Manager, to the Board of Trustees plans for the creation and support of recreation projects and youth service projects and other appropriate programs to carry out the purposes set forth in § 119-1 of this chapter.
Assist in the planning, development and conduct of programs of an informational and educational nature for the general public and for specific groups within the village, either through the Youth Bureau or in cooperation with other agencies and organizations, for the purpose of preventing juvenile delinquency, improving the welfare of youth and furthering youth development.
Carry out such other duties as shall be assigned to him by the Village Manager.
[Amended 12-17-1989 by L.L. No. 23-1989]
The Mayor and Board of Trustees shall appoint a citizen Youth Board ("the Board").
There shall be 15 members of the Board, 12 of whom shall be over the age of 21 and three of whom shall be youths between the ages of 16 and 21, all residents of the Village of Port Chester, who shall serve for terms of three years. Two members of the Board shall be members of the Board of Trustees, with all of the other members being lay citizens who shall be representative of such key interests as social agencies, youth organizations, education, business, industry and labor.
[Amended 11-27-1991 by L.L. No. 28-1991]
No term of appointment shall exceed three years, and a member may not serve more than two terms consecutively. Any vacancy is to be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner in which the original appointment was made and shall not be for a full new term. The Chairman of the Board shall report to the Mayor and Board of Trustees, in writing sent to the Village Clerk, the unexcused absence of any member, except a Village Trustee, from three consecutive meetings, upon receipt of which report the Mayor and Board of Trustees may consider such member's position vacant for purposes of appointing a replacement. Each member shall serve until his successor has been appointed and qualified.
[Amended 10-1-1990 by L.L. No. 11-1990]
The Board shall be composed of individuals of varying economic and educational levels, of diverse occupations, of different races, faiths and political persuasions, of the two sexes, of various age groups and, to the extent possible, from different neighborhoods in the village. The people so appointed shall have demonstrated their concern for and interest in the needs and problems of youth. Each person so appointed shall have the ability and the willingness to give the necessary time to the responsibility of being a Board member.
The members of the Board shall serve as such without compensation.
A majority of the membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of business.
The Mayor and Board of Trustees shall elect a Chairman, a Vice Chairman, a Secretary and other such officers as may from time to time be deemed necessary and appropriate, except that the first Chairman shall be appointed by the Mayor and Board of Trustees. The term of the office shall be one year and shall coincide with the fiscal year of the village.
The powers, duties and responsibilities of the Youth Board shall be to:
After consultation with the Executive Director, develop and recommend effective policies, programs and projects for the prevention and control of juvenile delinquency and youth crime and to further youth development.
Act as liaison between the executive, administrative and other policy level bodies throughout the village in respect to the solution of youth problems and/or the enactment of youth programs.
Encourage closer cooperation between employers, labor, schools, churches and synagogues, recreation commissions, state and local employment programs, service clubs and other public, private and voluntary agencies so as to stimulate employment for youth and encourage sound youth programs on the basis of community planning.
Review and analyze grants from the state, federal or county governments or from private individuals, corporations and associations and establish criteria for allocation of these funds to youth programs.
In cooperation with the Youth Board's Executive Director, review and analyze and recommend plans for the creation or expansion of recreation and youth service projects or other youth programs, as defined by the laws of the State of New York, and make recommendations to the Village Manager.
Receive, review and analyze statistical records and data including those that reflect the incidence and trends of delinquency and youth crimes and offenses in the county; make necessary studies and recommendations for the needs of youth residing in the village.
Appoint such advisory groups and committees as may be necessary to carry out its powers, duties and responsibilities.
Submit an annual report to the Mayor and Board of Trustees.
Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Village Manager, Mayor and Board of Trustees.