[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.
[Adopted 7-26-2016 by Res. No. 647-2016; amended in its entirety 12-17-2019 by Res. No. 2145-2019]
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 in or around 20 to 34 years of age.
Membership on the Council shall be open to any resident of Suffolk County who is in or around the designated next generation age range and would like to participate in meetings.
The Presiding Officer will select the Council's Chair, who shall be in or around the designated next generation age range.
The Chair shall be tasked with establishing appropriate rules and procedures to effectively accomplish Council business, which shall include, but not be limited to, meeting substance, meeting frequency, and rules of discussion on the floor. The Chair shall also provide the agenda for discussion at Council meetings, identify pertinent legislation and initiatives for Council discussion, lead the discussion on the effect these potential resolutions may have on next generation residents, communicate the Council's ideas and suggestions through advisory opinions to the Legislature, and formulate ideas and debate surrounding potential legislation or projects.
Pertinent legislation and initiatives include, but are not limited to, any legislative action that would affect housing, employment, economic opportunities, and quality of life for next generation County residents.
The Council shall meet a minimum of four times each calendar year.
The Council shall submit an annual written update to the Presiding Officer and each member of the Legislature summarizing its findings and feedback from the year.
The suggestions developed by this group shall 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.