Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman has been selected by the legislature’s presiding officer, DuWayne Gregory, to chair the county’s Parks and Recreation Committee.
Mr. Schneiderman, who is deputy presiding officer, also currently serves on the Government Operations, Personnel, Housing and Consumer Protection Committee, and the Economic Development Committee.
The Parks and Recreation Committee has jurisdiction over the Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation and oversees the appointments and finances of the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. The committee also oversees county parks, golf course initiatives, outdoor recreational activities and sports-oriented projects such as the Sports Hall of Fame.
Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory said Mr. Schneiderman, a Montauk resident, “brings 10 years of experience as a legislator to the table, and he has a thorough knowledge of the county’s parks. During his years as chairman of the Public Works and Transportation Committee, Legislator Schneiderman sponsored important legislation to strengthen our bus service and complete critical dredging projects, and I expect him to continue his groundbreaking work as chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee.”
Mr. Schneiderman said he plans to work with the department to better maintain trails for hiking in order to help protect the residents of Suffolk County from tick-borne illnesses. He also plans to introduce legislation to make golf course fee reductions permanent for veterans who are residents of Suffolk County. Legislator Schneiderman is also considering other discounted park fees and plans to host another Discover County Parks Day in June with half-price parking at county beaches.