PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – Deputy Presiding Officer Rob Calarco has announced a new working group of the Budget & Finance Committee that will review contracts that Suffolk County has entered into with independent organizations and agencies. Calarco, who became chairman of the Budget & Finance Committee in 2018, is convening the special working group in order to explore a key aspect of the Suffolk County budget and to fully understand how these contract agencies are helping Suffolk County serve residents. The working group will begin on Monday, April 9th and will continue over the next several weeks. Dozens of organizations, representing millions of dollars in contracts, are scheduled to come before the working group in order to review the work that they are doing on behalf of Suffolk County. Additionally, the group will be calling many Commissioners and County Department Heads to discuss the role that these contracts serve in the overall strategy of the departments.In a letter to his colleagues, Calarco said “As the new Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, I believe that we have a responsibility to take a proactive approach if we are able to properly tackle the structural issues Suffolk County faces in our budget.”Organizations are scheduled for a 30 minute (unless otherwise noted) question and answer session with the working group. Questions will focus on the process by which organizations were selected to receive their contract, how dollars from Suffolk County affect their overall budget, and whether organizations are achieving key performance indicators.The schedule for the opening week of the working group is listed below:Monday, April 9th1:30 PM – Suffolk County Youth Bureau Overview2:30 PM – Suffolk County Department of Health Services Overview3:30 PM – Suffolk County Department of Social Services OverviewTuesday, April 10th9:30 AM – Colonial Youth & Family Services (Youth Bureau)10:00 AM – Patchogue-Medford Youth (Youth Bureau)10:30 AM – Economic Opportunity Council (Youth Bureau)11:00 AM – West Islip YES (Youth Bureau)11:30 AM – South Shore Community Organization (Youth Bureau)12:00 PM – Mercy Center (Youth Bureau)2:00 PM – Deer Park Community Center (Youth Bureau)2:30 PM – Sachem Teen Center (Youth Bureau)3:30 PM – Response of Suffolk County, Inc. (Youth Bureau)4:00 PM – Family Life Center of Long Island (Youth Bureau)Wednesday, April 11th9:30 AM – March of Dimes (Health Services)10:30 AM – Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services, Inc. (Health Services)11:00 AM (60 Minutes) – Federation of Organizations, Inc. (Health Services/Office for the Aging)12:00 PM (90 Minutes) – Cornell Cooperative Extension (Health Services/Economic Development)2:30 PM – LICAAD (Health Services)3:00 PM (60 Minutes) – Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center, Inc. (Health Services/Social Services/Office for the Aging)Thursday, April 12th1:00 PM – Coalition for the Homeless (Social Services)1:30 PM – Touro Law College (Social Services)2:30 PM – Long Island Against Domestic Violence (Social Services)Friday, April 13th9:30 AM (60 Minutes) – Family Service League (Youth Bureau/Social Services/Office for the Aging)12:30 PM – Middle Country Library (Social Services)2:00 PM (60 Minutes) – Hope for Youth, Inc. (Social Services/Health Services/Probation/Youth Bureau)3:00 PM – Kids Clubhouse for Suffolk Inc. (Youth Bureau)All meetings are open to the public and will be at the Rose Y. Caracappa Auditorium of the William H. Rogers Legislature Building, 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, New York.