January 2014

     SCVOA ALERT  

 

  News from the Suffolk County Village Officials Association

 

 

Executive Board

 

President

Mayor Ralph A. Scordino
Village of Babylon

1st Vice President

Mayor Allan M. Dorman
Village of Islandia

2nd Vice President

Mayor Richard B. Smith
Village of Nissequogue

Treasurer/Secretary

  Mayor Thomas A. Brennan 
Village of Lindenhurst 

Past President

Mayor Paul V. Pontieri, Jr.
Village of Patchogue

 

Past President
Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach, Jr.
Village of East Hampton

 

President Emeritus 
Hon. Peter T. Imbert
Former Mayor,
Village of Amityville

Executive Director

Hon. Paul J. Tonna
Former Suffolk County Presiding Officer 

 

Counsel

Hon. Peter A. Bee, Esq.
Former Mayor,
Village of Garden City

Project Manager
Deborah Young 

 

 

  

SCVOA
Suffolk County Village Officials Association
69 Chichester Road
Huntington, NY 11743
631-327-7342 

SPEAK OUT IN OPPOSITION TO PROPOSED 

WATER QUALITY BILL THAT OVERRIDES 

VILLAGE ZONING CODES!

 

 To All Village Officials:

 

In a "Friday night special," a bill has just been introduced into the NYS Legislature which advances Albany's consistent attacks on village government, by-passed the regular channels of input for proposed legislation, and which would completely override village zoning authority under the guise of  "Mom & Apple Pie"  regional water quality. Specifically, the proposed legislation would create a "commission" with regulatory authority to establish Long Island water quality standards, and the power to override village zoning codes whenever, in the name of those standards, the "commission" believes it appropriate. SCVOA, in opposition to this Bill, notes that:

 

  1. No villages (nor SCVOA) were consulted prior to drafting this legislation.  As a result, this legislation is ill-conceived and poorly drafted. Villages have always been the biggest supporters of clean water, and have been on the "front lines" of protecting the local environment for decades.  Moreover, as currently written, the legislation relegates villages to a minority representation of a subcommittee whose chairman will be a minority member on the "commission." 
  2. The legislation is duplicative.  Federal, State and County legislation (as well as many village codes) already govern "clean water," and there has been no showing that those laws have been ineffective.
  3. The legislation is the wrong tool to accomplish a laudable goal.  No one suggests that Long Island shouldn't have clean water, and no one is suggesting that a village should be able to allow a land use that destroys our Island's aquifer; however, necessary regional goals exist on a variety of fronts, and are not achieved by overriding local zoning codes.  Such goals are achieved through enforcement of existing legislation, inter-municipal advisory committees, permitting processes, and other legislative and administrative devices.  To empower a "commission" to override local zoning is an unprecedented usurpation of village authority.

 A MEETING OF INTERESTED PARTIES IS 

SCHEDULED FOR:              

 

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

              

11:00 am to 1:00 pm 

       
The Long Island Association 
       300 Broadhollow Road
Melville, NY

 

(Bank of America Building) 

Lower Level, Conference Rm B  

  

SCVOA URGES YOUR PRESENCE AND 

VOICE AT THIS MEETING!

 

 Mayor Ralph A. Scordino

 President

 Suffolk County Village Officials Association