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Posted on: April 20, 2020

New Ways Launched for Public to Testify Remotely, Including Video for Public Hearings

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HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. – As the Suffolk County Legislature building remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has implemented two new ways for the public to participate in upcoming legislative meetings remotely, including by testifying during public hearings by video conference.

Those wishing to speak during public hearings scheduled for the legislature’s April 28 general meeting will be able to address legislators using the video conferencing software Zoom, in accordance with a recent Executive Order from the Governor. Additionally, members of the public will be able to record testimony over the phone about any topics of concern, specific legislation, or public hearings.

“Input from the public is critical to legislators’ decision-making process, and it was important to us to ensure that even in a pandemic residents are still able to, quite literally, have their voices heard,” said Presiding Officer Calarco. “We are operating in unprecedented times, and that calls for unprecedented actions. Making use of the technology of our day provides the public with a way to participate in the legislative process while staying safe at home and allows government to continue to operate responsibly and openly.”

Those wishing to speak during an April 28 public hearing will need to fill out a form at www.scnylegislature.us/publichearing before the hearings begin at 2 p.m. that day. They will then receive information on how to access the live meeting through Zoom. Speakers on the digital platform will be granted 3 minutes to testify, the same as if they had been able to attend the hearing in person.

To record testimony over the phone, callers may dial (631) 853-3685 and leave a three-minute message about topics of concern and specific resolutions being considered by lawmakers at upcoming meetings. The testimony will be preserved and added to the record. Residents should include their name as well as whether they are speaking about a specific resolution or addressing a specific committee. The voice message system will open Monday, April 20 when legislature committees begin to meet and will close by the end of the business day on April 28.

As always, testimony will also be accepted in writing. Comments may be emailed to clerk.legislature@suffolkcountyny.gov or mailed to the attention of the Clerk’s Office at the Suffolk County Legislature, William H. Rogers Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11787.

All committee meetings and the general meeting will be livestreamed at www.scnylegislature.us. The Zoom platform will also be used by legislators to allow them to participate in the meetings remotely to comply with social distancing requirements, pursuant to Executive Order from the Governor.


Flyer outlining ways to participate in legislative meetings remotely.


The public will be able to testify through Zoom for the following legislation in public hearing on April 28:

Introductory Resolution 1015: A Local Law to Prohibit Smoking within Multiple Dwelling Units. (Gonzalez) HEALTH (Public hearing reopened due to amended copy on 2/27. Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1016: A Local Law to Expand Language Access Laws in Suffolk County. (Gonzalez) GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, PERSONNEL, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & DIVERSITY (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1022: A Local Law to Ensure the Protection of County Parkland. (Hahn) VETERANS & CONSUMER AFFAIRS (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1023: A Charter Law to Change the Legislative Term of Office from Two (2) Years to Four (4) Years. (Gonzalez) WAYS & MEANS (Rescheduled from 3/17)

Introductory Resolution 1075: A Local Law to Enact a Campaign Finance Reform Act to Limit Campaign Contributions from County Contractors and Public Unions. (Trotta) WAYS & MEANS (Rescheduled from 3/17)

Introductory Resolution 1086: A Charter Law to Increase Sewer Funding and Protect Water Quality in Suffolk County. (Trotta) BUDGET & FINANCE (Rescheduled from 3/17)

Introductory Resolution 1099: A Charter Law to Establish an Independent Office of Inspector General for Suffolk County. (Trotta) GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS, PERSONNEL, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & DIVERSITY (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1252: A Local Law to Prohibit the Feeding of Wild Animals in Suffolk County. (Cilmi) HEALTH (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1253: A Local Law to Authorize Conveyance of Real Property Previously Taken for Delinquent Taxes (2500 Nesconset Highway, S.C.T.M. No. 0200-418.10-01.00-025.000) (Hahn) WAYS & MEANS (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1256: A Local Law to Clarify the Registration and reporting Requirements for Nonprofit Veterans Organizations. (Berland) VETERANS & CONSUMER AFFAIRS (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1263: A Local Law to Authorize Conveyance of Real Property Previously taken for Delinquent Taxes – 232 Hyman Avenue, West Islip (SCTM No. 0500-469.00=02.00-072.000) (Flotteron) WAYS & MEANS (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1266: A Local Law No. -2020, A Local Law Mandating Increased Training for Cases Involving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with Other Developmental Disabilities and Setting Training Requirements for Certain Employees within the Department of Social Services (“Part Two of the CPS Transformation Act”). (Co. Exec.) SENIORS AND HUMAN SERVICES (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1267: A Local Law No. -2020, A Local Law requiring Increased Scrutiny for Child Protective Services Cases Involving Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with Other Developmental Disabilities and Setting Escalation Processes for Certain Reports Received by the Department of Social Services. (Co. Exec.) (“Part One of the CPS Transformation Act”) SENIORS AND HUMAN SERVICES (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1268: A Local Law to Ensure the Appropriate Transition of Power Between County Legislators. (Piccirillo) WAYS & MEANS (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1299: A Local Law Requiring Increased Scrutiny for Child Protective Services Reports Received from Certain School Officials (“Part Three of the CPS Transformation Act”) (Co. Exec.) SENIORS & HUMAN SERVICES (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1300: A Local Law Requiring Notice of the Use of Electronic Surveillance in Relation to Certain Department of Social Services Investigations (“Part Four of the CPS Transformation Act”) (Co. Exec.) SENIORS & HUMAN SERVICES (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1301: A Local Law to Set Caseload Standards for Certain Employees within the Department of Social Services (“Part Five of the CPS Transformation Act.”) SENIORS & HUMAN SERVICES (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

Introductory Resolution 1318: A Local Law to Require Any Store with a Pharmacy to Post Notices About Asthma Inhalers in Suffolk County. (Berland) HEALTH (Rescheduled from 3/17.)

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