Town of Babylon, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Babylon 4-7-1976 by L.L. No. 13-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 31-1 Definitions and word usage.

Whenever used in this chapter, words used in the singular include the plural and vice versa.
As used in this chapter, the following items shall have the meanings indicated:
[Amended 2-8-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000]
The Commissioner of Human Services and the chief executive officer of the Department.
The Town of Babylon Department of Human Services, which shall perform a major function of Town government.
The Deputy Commissioner of the Town of Babylon Department of Human Services, who shall act generally for and in place of the Commissioner.

§ 31-2 Department established; Deputy Commissioner.

There has been established in the Town of Babylon a Department of Human Resources which shall hereafter be known as the Department of Human Services. The principal executive officer and administrative head of such Department shall be the Commissioner, who shall be appointed by the Town Board for the term fixed by law at such salary as may from time to time be fixed by said Town Board. The Commissioner shall be appointed on the basis of his administrative experience and qualifications for the duties of such office and such additional standards as may be required by the Town Board. The Commissioner shall be the head of the Department, with power and authority to appoint and remove officers and employees under his jurisdiction in accordance with civil service law and other applicable laws.
[Amended 2-8-2000 by L.L. No. 1-2000]
The Commissioner is empowered herein to appoint two Deputy Commissioners who shall generally act for and in his behalf and who shall perform such duties as are vested in and impose upon that office by the provisions of this chapter, by statute or by other lawful authority.
[Amended 6-5-1990 by L.L. No. 3-1990]
Before entering upon the duties of his office, the Commissioner shall execute and file with the Town Clerk an official undertaking, if the same is required by the Town Board, in such sum as prescribed by the Town Board and in such form as approved by the Town Attorney.

§ 31-3 Administration of Department.

The Commissioner shall have such powers as shall be necessary for the proper administration of the Department consistent with applicable provisions of law.

§ 31-4 Organization.

[Amended 6-7-1977 by L.L. No. 4-1977; 6-19-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
Until such time as the same may be either amended or modified, the Department shall be divided into the following Divisions:
Division of Drug and Alcohol Control.
Division of Senior Citizens Services.

§ 31-5 Powers and duties.

[Amended 6-7-1977 by L.L. No. 4-1977; 5-7-1985 by L.L. No. 1-1985; 6-19-2012 by L.L. No. 7-2012]
The powers and duties of such Division therein shall be under the administration, direction and control of the Commissioner, and each of said Divisions shall be supervised by a division head who shall be designated Supervisor. The Commissioner may, with the approval of the Town Board, establish, consolidate or abolish any divisions or subdivision now existing or hereafter created in the Department.
The Division of Drug and Alcohol Control shall administer, manage, survey and provide for programs, projects and plans which conduce or influence public or individual awareness of the harmful effects of drugs and alcohol and which contemplate or induce the control, deterrence or eradication of the abuse thereof; and join, cooperate or associate with other persons, groups, municipalities or subdivisions thereof in similar or related efforts in aid of individuals and communities of the Town of Babylon affected thereby.
The Division of Senior Citizens services shall administer, manage and provide for programs, projects and plans in order to meet the special needs and interests of senior persons residing in the Town of Babylon; encourage their fuller participation in society; stimulate community interest and assistance; foster and promote appropriate recreational activities; and join and associate with other persons, groups, municipalities and subdivisions in similar or related efforts.
The Commissioner, acting by and through any of the said existing or hereafter named Divisions, shall be empowered to perform such other duties and functions as are prescribed to be performed by him in any law, ordinance or resolution of the Town Board or lawful directive of the Town Supervisor; however, the Commissioner may delegate any of his powers, or direct any of his duties to be performed, to a Deputy Commissioner or head of a division.

§ 31-6 Payment of certain expenses.

All costs and expenses incurred by the Department or its officers or employees on behalf of a special improvement district or special Town project shall be charged against such district or project and paid from the funds duly appropriated for the purpose of such district or project.

§ 31-7 Effect on powers of Town Supervisor.

Nothing herein contained shall be construed to delegate or transfer any power of the Town Supervisor contained in §§ 29, 52 and 125 of the Town Law of the State of New York or any other powers which may be lawfully exercised by the Supervisor.

§ 31-8 Fees.

The Commissioner may establish, subject to Town Board approval, a schedule of fees to be collected by him for services rendered in connection with the work of his Department and for which he deems it necessary to charge and collect a fee therefor.