[Adopted 6-15-2004 by L.L. No. 20-2004]
It is the intention of the Town Board to exercise its authority pursuant to Municipal Home Rule Law § 10(1)(ii)(a)(1), § 10(1)(ii)(a)(2), § 10(1)(ii)(d)(3) and Town Law § 24 and § 24-a(1) any other applicable provision of law now or hereinafter enacted, to supersede and/or expand upon the applicable provisions of Town Law § 85 and any successor law with respect to authorizing the Town Board instead of the Suffolk County Board of Elections to draw ward district lines and to maintain the term of office for all councilmen at four (4) years after a ward system has been established.
Whenever a proposition shall have been adopted in the Town for the establishment of the ward system and the election thereafter of one (1) Councilman from each ward, the Town Board shall divide the Town into four (4) wards and fix the boundaries thereof, unless a proposition shall have been adopted to increase the number of councilmen from four (4) to six (6), in which instance, the Town Board shall divide the Town into six (6) wards and fix the boundaries thereof. The Town Board shall divide the districts so that the number of voters in each ward shall be substantially equal, with wards composed of convenient and contiguous territory in as compact form as practicable. No election district heretofore or hereinafter created under the Election Law shall contain parts of two (2) or more wards. When the Town Board shall have finally determined the boundaries of the wards, it shall cause a map of the Town to be prepared, showing, in detail, the location of each ward and the boundaries thereof. The original map so made shall be filed in the office of the Town Clerk, and copies thereof shall be filed in the offices of the County Clerk and the Board of Elections of Suffolk County. The ward system shall be deemed established after such filing is complete.
After a ward system shall have been so established, the term of office of every Town Councilman shall terminate on the 31st day of December next succeeding the first biennial Town election held not less than one hundred twenty (120) days after the establishment of such ward system, and, at such biennial Town election, one (1) resident elector from each odd-numbered ward shall be elected as Councilman therefrom for a term of two (2) years, and one (1) resident elector from each even-numbered ward shall be elected as Councilman therefrom for a term of four (4) years, each such term to begin on the first day of January next succeeding such election, and thereafter at each biennial Town election there shall be elected successors to the Town Councilmen whose terms are expiring for terms of four (4) years each to begin on the first day of January next succeeding such election.