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Posted on: July 24, 2017

General Meeting Notice

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. –  Members of the Suffolk County Legislature are expected to consider directing the county’s Department of Social Services to cease payments to public assistance recipients who are staying in housing owned, leased and or operated by Cion Solutions, Inc. and Solutions House, Inc., both of whom are purported to be providing substandard housing.

The legislation cites Cion Solutions, Inc and Solutions House, Inc., for failing to provide to minimum standards that protect the health and safety of temporary assistance recipients. Both organizations are providing public assistance recipients with housing that is overcrowded, does not provide safe environments that are free of substance abuse, and fail to provide food for those who are paying to receive board.
The housing, paid for by DSS with taxpayer dollars, is taxing emergency service providers and degrading the surrounding neighborhoods and is therefore not assisting economically disadvantaged persons, which is a core responsibility of the DSS.
Legislators will also consider an amendment that would allow the Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs to determine whether a pet grooming course is sufficient to satisfy the County’s training requirements and accepting a donation of a monument to honor 241 U.S. service members killed during the October 23, 1981 terrorist attack in Beirut, Lebanon.

Legislators have also scheduled public hearings to consider:

  • Eliminating the cremation approval fee and the adopted increase;
  • Enacting a Campaign Finance Reform Act to limit campaign contributions from County Contractors and Public Employee Unions;
  • Authorizing the Health Department to create a “Food Allergy Friendly” or “Food Allergy Superior” program for food services establishments that includes mandatory and voluntary provisions;
  • Establishing a policy to reserve County sewer capacity by banning large scale development projects from connecting to the Suffolk County Sewer District;
  • Opting out of ride-sharing service until New York State Addresses the status of Level 1 sex offenders;
  • Modifying the fees which may be applied by the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency;
  • Authorizing conveyance of real property previously taken for delinquent taxes;
  • Considering freezing the salaries of elected officials

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