[HISTORY: Adopted by the Suffolk County Legislature 10-8-2002 by Res. No. 947-2002 (Ch. 835 of the 1985 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
Disabilities Advisory Board — See Ch. 50.
Mass transportation — See Ch. 160.
Preschool handicapped transportation — See Ch. 178.
Senior Citizens' Advisory Board — See Ch. 210.
Transit stations — See Ch. 238.
Ferry service — See Ch. 455.
Livery businesses — See Ch. 571.
Senior citizens bill of rights — See Ch. 735.
A Suffolk County Transportation Advisory Board (Advisory Board) is hereby created to:
Act as liaison with the community for purposes of gauging attitudes and needs concerning public transportation;
Recommend policy to the Suffolk County Legislature, particularly with respect to a comprehensive, coordinated, cost-effective approach to the delivery of transportation services for transit-dependent individuals;
Make recommendations as to increased federal and state funding, local funding, foundations, and grants to meet the demand for increased transportation services for public, private, and not-for-profit transportation services;
Develop strategies for eliminating procedural and regulatory barriers to provision of transportation services for public, private, and not-for-profit transportation providers;
Promote needed transportation services and programs for Suffolk County residents, educational institutions, and businesses;
Assist in the development of a five-year implementation plan for transportation services in Suffolk County;
Perform other functions and duties from time to time as requested or directed via duly enacted resolution of the County of Suffolk;
Take a proactive role in advancing transportation solutions that involve modes of transportation outside of the County's direct control, such as intra-County rail service and ferry services, for the benefit of all residents;
Support, coordinate, and integrate local transportation planning efforts; and
Increase the education of residents, students, and employers about the benefits of public transportation.
This Advisory Board shall consist of the following 14 members, each of whom shall be selected by the County Legislature:
A representative from one of the Towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton, or Southold, said representative to receive an initial one-year appointment;
One representative representing the Townships of Babylon/Islip, said representative to receive an initial one-year appointment;
One representative representing the Townships of Huntington/Smithtown, said representative to receive an initial one-year appointment;
One representative representing the Town of Brookhaven, said representative to receive an initial one-year appointment;
Two representatives from the business community, one such to receive an initial one-year appointment and the other to receive an initial two-year appointment;
Two transit-dependent riders, one such member to receive an initial one-year appointment, and the other to receive an initial two-year appointment;
Two at-large members of the general public, said members to receive initial two-year appointments;
[Amended 5-17-2005 by Res. No. 430-2005]
A for-profit transit provider under contract with the County of Suffolk, said member to receive an initial three-year appointment;
A not-for-profit transit provider under contract with the County of Suffolk, said member to receive an initial three-year appointment; and
Two representatives from the field of human services representing a County-operated agency, said representatives to receive an initial three-year appointment.
Said initial terms of office shall commence January 1, 2003, and subsequent appointments shall be for a term of three years.
[Amended 5-17-2005 by Res. No. 430-2005]
The current Chairperson of the Advisory Board shall call an organizational meeting annually, to be held no later than February 15 of each year, and at such organizational meeting a Chairperson shall be elected by a majority vote of those members present.
The Advisory Board 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 Chairman of the Advisory Board, for the purpose of organization and the appointment of a Vice Chairperson and a Secretary.
The members of said Advisory Board shall serve without compensation and shall serve at the pleasure of their respective appointing authorities.
The Advisory Board shall hold regular 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 three members of the Advisory Board. Written notice of the time and place of such special meetings shall be given by the Secretary to each member at least eight days before the date fixed by the notice for such special meeting.
Eight members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum to transact the business of the Advisory Board at both regular and special meetings.
The Advisory Board may submit requests to the County Executive and/or the County Legislature for approval for the provision of secretarial services, travel expenses, or retention of consultants to assist the Advisory Board with such endeavors, said total expenditures not to exceed $2,000 per fiscal year, which services shall be subject to legislative approval.
Clerical services involving the month-to-month operation of this Advisory Board, as well as supplies and postage as necessary, will be provided by the staff of the County Department of Public Works, Division of Transportation.
The Advisory Board may conduct such informal hearings and meetings at any place or places within the County of Suffolk for the purpose of obtaining necessary information or other data to assist it in the proper performance of its duties and functions as it deems necessary.
The Advisory Board may delegate to any member of the Advisory Board the power and authority to conduct such hearings and meetings.
The Advisory Board shall cooperate with the pertinent legislative committees of the County Legislature and make available to each such committee's use, upon request, any records and other data it may accumulate or obtain.
The Advisory Board is hereby authorized, empowered, and directed to hold at least three public hearings each year throughout the County of Suffolk to assemble the data and information necessary to complete the valuation, study, and report required, with all reasonable efforts to be made to ascertain the views, wishes, and opinions of the residents of Suffolk County.
Editor's Note: Former §§ 835-13, requiring an initial report of findings and recommendations for action, and 835-14, prohibiting the above report from being created by outside consultants, which immediately followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. IV).
The personnel of any pertinent County department shall be available to assist said Advisory Board, upon request, on an as-needed basis as determined by said Board.