Suffolk County Will Meet Tuesday Three Public Hearings On The Agenda
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 9:38PM

Legislature Weighs Increasing E-Cigarette Fines, Approving Funds for BOMARC Improvements, Strengthening County’s Public Nuisance Law, Criminal Conduct Reporting at Water and Amusement Parks, Ok for Vector Control Plan

RIVERHEAD, N.Y.  – Members of the Suffolk County Legislature are expected to consider increasing fines for the sale of e-cigarettes to persons under the age of 21 at their December 4 meeting at the Evans K. Griffing Suffolk County Legislature Building at 300 Center Drive in Riverhead which begins at 9:30 am.

The local law would increase the fine from a maximum of $1,000 per offense to a maximum of $1,000 for a first offense and $2,000 for each subsequent violation for those selling e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine to anyone under the age of 21. 

The law currently views each violation as a separate and distinct offense, which will continue under the revised fine structure. If adopted, the change will take effect 120 days following its filing with the Secretary of State.

Legislators will also weigh appropriating $110,000 for improvements to the BOMARC property to expedite productive use of the land by testing soil and groundwater to determine its environmental health status. 

Lawmakers will consider expanding the County’s Nuisance Properties laws by adding violation of New York State Penal Law Section to prohibit certain conduct, including gang assault, sex offenses and sexual performance by a child. 

In addition, the bill will add the Department of Social Services Commissioner to receive copies of violation of the Nuisance Property Law notifications. 

Finally, existing reference to “crack” are proposed to be eliminated and the term “crack house” be replaced with nuisance properties. The changes will take effect immediately upon filing with the Secretary of State.

Requiring amusement and water parks within Suffolk County to report serious crimes occurring on their premises to appropriate law enforcement agencies will also be on the agenda. The proposed fine for not notifying authorities is $5,000 for the first offense and $10,000 for each subsequent violence. 

In addition, approval of the County’s multi-tiered Vector Control Plan, which is responsible for the suppression of mosquitoes, ticks and other arthropods which are vectors of human disease, will be considered as well. 

Other items on the Agenda include: 

There are several Public Hearings scheduled as well, set to begin at 2:00 pm. They include:

 For additional information, visit or contact Fran Evans at (631)853-5499. 

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