[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 6-7-1994 by Res. No. 439-1994 (Ch. 617, Art. I, of the 1985 Code)]
The Sheriff of Suffolk County is hereby authorized and empowered to execute applications with the United States Department of Justice and with the United States Department of the Treasury for the transfer of federally seized and forfeited property.
The Sheriff of Suffolk County is hereby authorized and empowered to receive and utilize such assets in accordance with the terms, conditions and provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 and the United States Attorney General's Guidelines on Seized and Forfeited Property.
The receipt of said funds may be credited and then appropriated via pro forma resolutions and expended in accordance with the County Department of Audit and Control's Procedures Manual for the Receipt and Disbursement of Forfeiture Funds, in accordance with all applicable local laws, rules and regulations and within the terms, conditions and provisions of the Comprehensive Crime Control Act of 1984 and the United States Attorney General's Guidelines on Seized and Forfeited Property.
The Suffolk County Department of Audit and Control, or any successor department thereto, shall examine, audit and verify all books, records and accounts kept by the Suffolk County Sheriff, pertaining to County forfeiture funds, and shall provide a written determination of the regularity, legality and correctness of appropriations and/or expenditures made in connection with such funds to the County Executive and to each member of the County Legislature no later than May 31 of each year.
[Amended 9-15-2011 by L.L. No. 49-2011]
This report shall include but not be limited to a detailed accounting as to under which statute such moneys and/or assets were received; whether or not and to what extent such moneys and/or assets were appropriated by the County Legislature; what percentage of such forfeited assets and/or moneys was kept by the County of Suffolk, federal government and/or state government; the County agencies to which the local share of such forfeited assets or moneys were allocated; and a detailed itemization of the expenditure of the County portion of such forfeited funds and/or assets and the local County agencies through which such expenditures were made.
The effective date of this article shall be retroactive to the date funds were initially received on behalf of the Sheriff's Office from the United States Department of Justice and/or the United States Department of the Treasury.
[Adopted 9-6-2017 by Res. No. 704-2017]
A permanent Heroin and Opiate Epidemic Advisory Panel ("the Advisory Panel") is hereby established to provide assistance and advice to the County in combating the opiate crisis in an interdisciplinary manner.
[Amended 12-19-2017 by Res. No. 1155-2017]
The Advisory Panel shall consist of the following 29 members:
The Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, or his/her designee, who will serve as Chair;
The Chair of the Health Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, or his/her designee;
The Chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, or his/her designee;
The Chair of the Education and Human Services Committee of the Suffolk County Legislature, or his/her designee;
The Associate Director of Operations for Neurosciences at Stony Brook University Hospital;
The Director of Adult Inpatient Services at Stony Brook University Hospital;
A representative from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services, Division of Community Mental Hygiene, to be appointed by the Commissioner of the Suffolk County Department of Health Services;
The Commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department, or his/her designee;
The Suffolk County Sheriff, or his/her designee;
A representative from the Suffolk County Superintendents' Association;
A representative from Hope House Ministries;
A representative from the North Shore Youth Council;
A representative from Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (LICADD);
A representative from Suffolk County Communities of Solution;
A representative from the Family and Children's Association (FCA);
A representative of Families In Support of Treatment (FIST);
A representative of Eastern Long Island Hospital;
A representative of the Quality Consortium of Suffolk County;
A representative of the Nassau/Suffolk Hospital Council;
A representative of the Long Island Prevention Resource Center;
A representative of Catholic Health Services of Long Island;
A representative of New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS);
A representative of Outreach House;
A member of the public, to be appointed by the Suffolk County Legislature.
The Suffolk County District Attorney, or his or her representative;
The Director of the Department of Probation, or his or her representative;
The Medical Examiner, or his or her representative;
The Commissioner of the Department of Health Services, or his or her representative; and
The President of the Fire Chiefs Council of Suffolk County, or his or her representative.
The Advisory Panel shall hold its first meeting no later than 30 days after the oaths of office of all members have been filed, which meeting shall be convened by the Chairperson of the Advisory Panel for the purposes of selecting a Vice Chair and a Secretary.
The members of said Advisory Panel shall serve without compensation and shall serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing authorities.
The Advisory Panel shall hold regular meetings at least quarterly, keep a record of all its proceedings, and determine the rules of its own proceedings, with special meetings to be called by the Chairperson.
Thirteen members of the Advisory Panel shall constitute a quorum to transact the business of the Advisory Panel at both regular and special meetings.
The Advisory Panel shall conduct a minimum of two formal public hearings annually to acquire necessary information or other data to assist the panel in gathering information and developing recommendations.
The Advisory Panel shall cooperate with the committees of the County Legislature and make available to each committee, upon request, any records and other data it may accumulate or obtain and provide quarterly reports to the pertinent committees.
Beginning in 2018, the Advisory Panel shall prepare a written annual report, to be submitted by December 31 of each year to the Clerk of the Legislature, each County Legislator and the County Executive, which details the work of the committee over the course of the year, recommendations to improve the County's response to the heroin and opiate addiction crisis and a summary of the previous year's recommendations and the outcomes associated therewith, if any.