Islip Town Board Eyes Expansion of Powers

Vote on public hearing to discuss shift of administrative duties set for Tuesday at Town Hall.

The Islip Town Board on Tuesday is expected to set a February public hearing that will focus on shifting some administrative power from the supervisor to the board as a whole.

According to a Town press release made public late in the day this past Friday, the public hearing is expected to focus on amending Town Code relating to oversight of several Town departments to the Town Council. This would include Labor Relations, Communications and Media Relations, Information Technology, Central Mail Services, Purchasing and the Safety Office.

In the press release, council members said they were hopeful that these departments would benefit from the “guidance, administration and leadership" of the Town Board.

“Our goal is to restore the historical responsibilities of several Town functions to ensure that full oversight is realized by all five Town Board members,” said Councilman Steve Flotteron, the longest serving member of the Town Board.

Councilwoman Trish Bergin Weichbrodt, who also holds the title of Deputy Supervisor, said the proposed change would allow for a more open, transparent and more accountable government in Islip.

“Our constituents expect their Town to run as efficiently as possible and five sets of eyes are the most thorough way to ensure greater responsiveness to residents’ concerns,” she said.

Noticeably absent from the press release was comments from Supervisor Tom Croci.

In an interview with Newsday, Croci spoke out against the move by his fellow Republicans.

“This appears to be an attempt by a political arm to make puppets out of the honorable people who serve on our board,” he said, adding that he was unsure how he would fight the measure.

Tuesday’s Town Board meeting is set for 2 p.m. at Islip Town Hall.

BARBEE CHERRY January 28, 2013 at 05:44 PM
As a resident of Islip, I say do the job you were hired for and if we the people feel we need and expanded board, it should be put on the ballot. Greedy self serving members of the board should remember that they are supposed to be for smali government, and if they can't do their jobs without expanding their powers, they should quit and let someone who is competent, capable and able to do the job within the guidelines they were "ELECTED" do the job. NO MORE POWER GRABS IN OURTOWN"!
Ultimate Conservative January 29, 2013 at 11:35 AM
I thought the Board acts similarily to the legislative branch and the Supervisor , the executive. Seems fishy to me.
Sayville Resident January 29, 2013 at 01:13 PM
This is most likely a "turf war" over a shrinking pool of patronage positions to be doled out. To attribute this change to increasing openness,transparency and accountability is laughable. We are again witnessing the seamy underbelly of Islip politics. At least this time, the target and the victim of the action is one of their own, instead of the community, as it often is. There is a large difference between a politician and a public servant. Politicians are motivated by personal political gain, and only feel accountable to the organizations or people that can advance their careers or positions. Public servants are just that; the believe that they are in their positions to serve the electorate to the best of their ability. We in Islip have long been subjected to many more politicians than public servants, and there are very few places where "politics as usual" carries such a negative connotation.


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