[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw 5-20-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Haverstraw hereby determines it is necessary for the health, safety, appearance and general welfare of the young people of the Village of Haverstraw for the creation of a Youth Board for the purpose of creating programs to benefit young people in every area possible.
The Village of Haverstraw Youth Board, hereinafter referred to as "the Board," is hereby established in and for the Village of Haverstraw, in accordance with Article 19-A of the Executive Law and § 95 of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York.
The Board shall consist of no fewer than seven members, who shall be appointed by the Board of Trustees. The Chief of Police and Trustee in charge of Recreation, or their designees, shall be ex officio members of the Board without a vote. The number of Youth Board members may be increased or decreased by the Board of Trustees by a simple majority resolution.
All appointments, except to fill vacancies for unexpired terms, shall be for terms of office of three years each, except during the Board's first three years when the term of the Board members shall be staggered as follows:
Vacancies on the Board shall be filled by the Mayor and Board of Trustees within 30 days of the Board's request.
Attendance at Board meetings is mandatory. Any Board member who fails to attend three meetings in one year, or any member who acts without good faith or in a manner contrary to the intent of this chapter, shall be subject to removal by the Mayor. Such removal shall be subject to a written recommendation from the Board.
All members of the Board, including the Chairperson, shall serve without salary or compensation but shall be reimbursed for their actual necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.
In making appointments to the Board, the Mayor shall take into account professional competence and/or distinguished service rendered in any areas of youth work.
The Board shall meet at least once each month on a stated day to be selected by the Board and may hold such other meetings as it may determine from time to time. Fifty-one percent of the members shall constitute a quorum. Whenever the approval of the Board is required, the affirmative vote of a majority shall be necessary.
The Board is hereby authorized and empowered to:
Promulgate rules and regulations relating to the conduct of the Board and the attainment of its purposes.
Elect a Vice Chairperson, Secretary and such other officers as they may deem advisable.
Accept, subject to the approval of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, any gift, grant, device or bequest made to the Board for the purposes within its jurisdiction. The members of the Board shall have full and complete management, direction and control for all such gifts, grants, devices or bequests upon such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the donors or grantors thereof.
Work with existing village youth agencies so as to encourage a greater use of the facilities of such agencies.
Determine youth problems and needs and bring such findings to the Mayor and Board of Trustees.
Recommend to the Mayor and Board of Trustees an effective overall program for the prevention of delinquency, youth crime and neglect.
Encourage close cooperation between employers, labor, schools, religious organizations, federal, state and local employment bureaus, service groups and other public and private agencies so as to stimulate employment for youth and initiate sound youth programs in the community.
Foster education programs in connection with youth, including parental and adult education in relation to prevention of crime, neglect and delinquency among youth.
Apply for, receive and expend municipal, federal and state moneys for the purpose of carrying out its objectives.
Coordinate with the Mayor and Board of Trustees concerning the design, implementation and running of the Village Recreational Youth Center and program.
Do all things necessary to carry out the powers and duties granted herein.
So far as practicable, and subject to the approval of the Mayor and Board of Trustees, the services of all other village departments and agencies shall be made available by their respective heads to the Youth Board for carrying out of the functions stated herein.