BILL NUMBER: S707
TITLE OF BILL :
CONCURRENT RESOLUTION OF THE SENATE AND ASSEMBLY proposing an
amendment to article 9 of the constitution, in relation to directing
the legislature to enact a procedure for the creation of a new county
to be called Peconic county from the towns of East Hampton, Riverhead,
Shelter Island, Southampton, and Southold in Suffolk County
To amend the New York State Constitution to provide procedure for the
creation of Peconic county from the towns of East Hampton, Riverhead,
Shelter Island, Southampton and Southold in Suffolk County.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS :
Section 1 provides a resolution that article 9 of the constitution be
amended by adding a new section 4. Said section includes a definition
of Peconic County as the towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter
Island, Southampton and Southold in Suffolk County and a definition of
tax contribution as Peconic County's contribution to Suffolk County
based on the amount of property tax and sales tax that Suffolk County
receives from Peconic County.
Section 4 of article 9 provides that within twelve months of the
adoption of the section, the legislature shall enact a procedure for
the creation of Peconic County. This procedure required a petition to
be submitted by the electors of the proposed county to the state board
of elections. The petition must include at least ten percent of the
total votes in the proposed county in the last gubernatorial election.
In addition to the petition, the proposed county will not be created
until the people of the proposed county reach a majority vote on a
According to Section 4, all property of Suffolk County located in
Peconic County will become property of Peconic County with the
approval of the referendum, and a portion of Suffolk County's existing
debt will then be paid by Peconic County. This enactment does not
require a home rule message from any local government to this article,
and the provision of section five of article three relating to
population of counties are superseded by this section regarding the
creation of Peconic County.
Section 2 provides a resolution that the amendment be referred to the
first regular session convening after the next succeeding general
election of members of the assembly.
The Towns of East Hampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island, Southampton and
Southold have developed differently than the other areas of Suffolk
County regarding land use issues, sources of commerce, tourism,
second-home ownership, population growth, land and resource
conservation and other elements. Enacting procedure for the creation
of Peconic County will therefore ensure that the interests of all
areas of Suffolk and Peconic County are represented in county
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY :
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS :
EFFECTIVE DATE :
Resolved (if the Assembly and Senate concur) the the foregoing
amendment be referred to the first regular session convening after the
next succeeding general election of members of the assembly, and, in
conformity with section 1 of article 19 of the constitution, be
published for 3 months previous to the time of such election.
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