Wyandanch, NY – Newly-elected Suffolk County Legislator Jason Richberg has been appointed by Presiding Officer Robert Calarco to serve as Chair of the legislature’s Budget and Finance Committee, which reviews and considers legislative proposals affecting the budgetary process for the more than $3-billion county budget.
Additionally, Richberg will serve on four other legislative committees: Government Operations, Personnel, Information Technology and Diversity, as Vice Chair; Seniors and Human Services; Education and Labor; and Economic Development, Planning and Housing.
“I would like to thank Presiding Officer Calarco for appointing me to serve on these five committees,” said Legislator Richberg. “I am excited to dig in and start working with all of the committees, but I am especially proud to be entrusted to chair the Budget and Finance Committee. As a former legislative aide and clerk of the legislature who sat in on many past budget negotiations, I am extremely familiar with the process and know the hours of careful consideration that go into managing a multi-billion-dollar budget. It is not an easy job, but it is a crucially important part of what we do at the legislature. I look forward to the challenge. I would also like to take the opportunity thank my colleagues Legislators Susan Berland and Tom Donnelly and Deputy Presiding Officer Kara Hahn for their generosity in allowing me to succeed them in their committee roles.”
“Legislator Richberg is going to be a great addition to the legislature,” said Presiding Officer Calarco. “Like myself and his predecessor, he has spent many years working in the legislature that will allow him to hit the ground running. His time as clerk gave him an insider’s view of the budget process, making him the natural fit to chair the Budget and Finance Committee.”