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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Presiding Officer Gregory Files Bill To Initiate County Departmental Visioning Plan

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. –  Moving ahead on his Budget Recovery Plan announced earlier this summer, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory has filed a resolution calling on County Executive Steve Bellone to work with all County Departments, offices and agencies to develop a long-term Visioning Plan to address the county’s needs in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

The measure, which was approved by the Government Operations, Personnel, Information Tech and Housing Committee on August 30, directs the County Executive to develop a ten-year master plan in the areas of public safety, public health, human services, public and governmental infrastructure, parks, recreation and historic preservation, environment, economic development and consumer affairs working collaboratively with all County departments, offices and agencies.

The resolution will move to the full legislature at its September 6 meeting in Riverhead.  

“The County Executive is perfectly positioned to lead in the development of these master plans,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “We need to have a comprehensive review of the functions in these key service areas to ensure that county residents are receiving the services they need while encouraging cooperation among departments and eliminating costly overlap and duplicative services.”

The master plan for each service area should:

  • Include a comprehensive mission statement for providing services in the specified area;
  • Identify long-term objectives for all major County functions and operations in the specified areas to be achieved in the next ten years;
  • Establish a time-table in which the objectives will be achieved;
  • Create a system of establishing, measuring and reporting performance metrics on an annual basis;
  • Explain the relationship between the annual performance goals and the long-term objectives as identified, as well as a description of how evaluations of existing County programs were used to establish or change the goals;
  • Include an analysis of the existing system by which the services are provided, identify the County’s capabilities in the area and the system’s current strengths and weaknesses, and discuss opportunities to improve performance and threats that may hamper the system’s function;
  • Provide an analysis of the performance of contract agencies utilized by each department delivering services and an assessment as to whether the use of these agencies should be continued, increased or terminated;
  • Offer an assessment of external factors that either now or in the future may significantly affect the function of the County in the specified area; and
  • Examine different strategies for achieving the long-term objectives established therein, analyzing opportunities for collaboration among departments, divisions and offices to achieve goals, culminating with a determination as to which strategy is more viable.

The County Executive will also solicit input from industry representatives associated with the service area, contract agencies working the County to provide the services, County Employees and local experts in fields related to the service area.

The plan is deliverable in writing one year from the effective date of the resolution.

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