Suburban Town Law
Must Be Amended, Petito
In remarks prepared for delivery
to the annual convention of
the New York State Association
of Towns, Qyster Bay Town Supervisor
Michael N. Petito called
for immediate revisions in the
Suburban Town Law, claiming
that current interpretations of
the Law have caused needless
conflict because of the vague
and inadequate wording of the
statute. Speaking at the Suburban
Town Law seminar at the Hotel
Commodore, in New York
City, Petito said the Law currently
is " frustrating the electorate"
since the intended executive
powers of the Supervisor
are subject to continue debate.
" The Law was intended to
streamline Town government
in those Townships hit by. the
population explosion of suburban
areas,*' Petito said. " Experience
shows that the Supervisor,
who is employed on a full- time
basis, is logically more able
to administer Town government
than the Town Council, which
serves on a part- time arrangement."
Petito pointed to the
words of Governor Rockefeller's
message to the state legislature
on April 30, 1962, approving
passage of the Suburban Town
Law. It states: " One of the primary
functions of this law is the
centra I i/. at ion of administrative
and executive authority in the
In mid- January, a series of
bills revising the Suburban Town
Law were given to Assemblyman
Stanley liar wood of Levlt-town
by Petito. They will be presented
to the 1967 Legislature for
In other portions of his statement
to the convention in New
York, Petito said that the experience
of Oyster Bay Town regarding
the Suburban Town Law
shows that the Law fails to fulfill
the purposes and intentions
of the legislators and the Governor
in so far as the executive
p3w « jrs of the Town Supervisor
are concerned. He
pointed exit that while he is given
the power to prepare the Town
Preliminary Budget, the Town
Board may make revisions in
that budget before any public
hearing. In 1966, the Council-men
added almost a million dollars
to the program Petito had
proposed prior to its discussion
at a public meeting. The Supervisor
also pointed out that
under the Suburban Town Law,
he appointed a Director of Finance
who aided in drawing up
the Preliminary Budget. " The
Board made its revisions as if
we had merely been ordered
to outline a budget for their
study," Petito stated. " It makes
our entire effort seem useless
when they revise the budget at
their will under current interpretations
of the Suburban Town
Another analgous provision of
the Law, Petito added, concerns
budgetary transfers which, under
the Law, must have the prior
approval of the Supervisor. Recent
court actions held that this
interpretation did not apply to
surplus funds. Petito concluded
that revisions must be made now
and concluded: " Today, the focus
is on Oyster Bay, the second
largest Town in the State.
But in the future, there may be
many more instances of split
political divisions within Town
government which will require
a Law with much greater clarity."
Bill Proposes Exemption
For Fire Department
County Executive Eugene H. Nickerson ( center) poses for photo
with members of the Nassau County Chapter of the Police Emerald
Society at the Annual Installation Dance of the Society held r e cently
at the Irish American Center in Mineola. With Nickerson
are Michael Greene of North Massapequa, President of the
Society ( left) and Larry Neushotz, also of North Massapequa
( right) Past President of the Society.
State Senator Henry M. Curran
has proposed legislation to
exempt all fire companies and
fire departments in the state from
motor fuel taxes, instead of only
those owned by municipalities.
In announcing this proposal,
Senator Curran stated, ** Current
laws exempt taxes on fuel for
municipal fire departments, but
A Community World Day of
Prayer Service wiM be held at
die Massapequa Reformed
Church on Friday, February 10th
at 1: 00 p. m. with the Community
Methodist, Community Presbyterian,
( irace Episcopal, St.
David's Lutheran and the Massapequa
Reformed Churches participating.
A nursery for young children
will be provided and a coffee
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ignore the equal and necessary
service rendered by volunteer
fire departments in many areas
of our state. It is only just that
these vehicles be allowed to operate
under the same conditions."
The Senator's bill would remove
any distinction between vehicles
owned by the municipal fire
departments' and those operated
by volunteer fire departments.
Most Out Of
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The session planned for
February 28 will be primarily for
adults to examine how and why
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One week later, on Tuesday,
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family will be given on what
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Reading material for all groups
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available. Free brochures, sale
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loan will be on hand to help in
planning a trip.
The sessions will take place at
8 p. m. at the South Farmingdale
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