Intro. Res. No. 1935-2008                                                                      Laid on Table 10/14/2008

Introduced by Legislators Beedenbender, D’Amaro, Barraga, Browning, Alden, and Gregory




                        WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of government to ensure that every dollar of taxpayer funds is expended in a legitimate and efficient manner; and


                        WHEREAS, in addition to adopting adequate protections for the disbursement of taxpayer funds, it is the responsibility of government to ensure open and unfettered access to the records associated with all such disbursements; and  


                        WHEREAS, providing convenient access to this information is one way to restore the public’s trust in the system and expose ethically questionable behavior; and


                        WHEREAS, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has established a program entitled “Project Sunlight”, that allows the public to review campaign finance records, contracts awarded to outside firms, and member items allocated to community organizations on-line; and


                        WHEREAS, implementing such a system at the Suffolk County level would allow Suffolk County residents the opportunity to examine the inner workings of County government; and


                        WHEREAS, this Legislature concurs with former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ belief that, “Publicity is justly commended as a remedy for social and industrial diseases. Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants…”; and


                        WHEREAS, it is the desire of this Legislature to implement a program similar to “Project Sunlight” on a County level; now, therefore be it


1st                   RESOLVED, that the Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to prepare a written report to the Suffolk County Legislature outlining the steps necessary to implement a “Project Sunlight” internet based program at the County level; and be it further


2nd                  RESOLVED, that this report should include, but not be limited to, cost estimates, administrative issues, methodology of displaying the information, technology considerations, and proposed timelines for completion; and be it further


3rd                   RESOLVED, that the Commissioner of Information Technology shall issue his final report and recommendations to the members of the Suffolk County Legislature and to the Suffolk County Executive within one hundred and twenty (120) days of the effective date of this resolution; and be it further


4th                   RESOLVED, that this Legislature, being the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) lead agency, hereby finds and determines that this resolution constitutes a Type II action pursuant to Section 617.5(c)(20), (21) and (27) of Title 6 of the NEW YORK CODE OF RULES AND REGULATIONS (6 NYCRR) and within the meaning of Section 8-0109(2) of the NEW YORK ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW as a promulgation of regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and legislative decisions in connection with continuing agency administration, management and information collection, and the Suffolk County Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) is hereby directed to circulate any appropriate SEQRA notices of determination of non-applicability or non-significance in accordance with this resolution.


DATED: November 18, 2008


                        APPROVED BY:



                       /s/ Steve Levy

                       County Executive of Suffolk County


                       Date: November 26, 2008