Legislator Al Krupski has voiced his strong objection to a proposed Suffolk County Local Law that would, if enacted, hinder free speech and the right to peacefully assembly in any town or village which falls under the jurisdiction of the Suffolk County Police Department.
IR 1190-2017 would require groups of 100 or more to apply for a permit to assembly six month prior to an event. Additionally, groups would have to pay for that permit which could run from $200 to $1000, depending on the size of the group.
“It is my hope and my sincere belief that the implications for civil rights contained in this piece of legislation was an oversight on the County Executive’s office and I am glad to learn it has been withdrawn,” stated Legislator Krupski, adding that he didn’t necessarily disagree with requiring permits for events like parades which would temporarily close roads and would require a police presence.
“To require citizens, who may or not be organized under a group and who may find the need to spontaneously gather to peacefully protest or attend a vigil for example, to meet the requirements outlined in the legislation would place an undue and unrealistic burden on the people of Suffolk County to assemble and protest, which is a basic right as an American.”
Legislator Krupski said his District 1 office received dozens of emails and phone calls objecting to the legislation, and constituents can “rest assured” that he would fight any legislation that threatens the rights of Suffolk County citizens.